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Tracy Unified School District Elementary SchoolsCandidate for Board Member

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Gerald Jeffs

Project Management Director
9,887 votes (10.88%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Having a budget that aligns with our mission of preparing students for higher education, fulfilling careers, being responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.
  • Delivering an educational experience that is balanced and equitable for all students.
  • Making informed decisions based on input from the community, parents, teachers, students, administrators, and all of the supporting services that make our district successful.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Sr. Director Project Management & Safety/Security
Sr. Director Project Management and Global Safety & Security, APL Logistics (2005–current)
Sr. Project Management, Menlo Worldwide (1998–2005)

Education

St. Mary's College of CA Executive MBA, Executive Communications, Organization Leadership, Business Modeling, Change Leadership (2019)
George Washington University Master's Certificate in Project Management, Project Management (2015)
Stanford Center for Professional Development Advanced Project Management Certification, Strategy Execution, Leading Complex Global Initiatives (2012)

Biography

Gerald’s parents immigrated to the United States and the San Francisco Bay area in the mid-fifties. Mom found work in the offices of Standard oil and dad worked in heavy construction equipment as an Operating Engineer. They saved and bought a new home in South San Francisco, where first came Robert and then Gerald.

Going through the public-school system Gerald was your average student but lacked direction for what was to come after high school.  The United States Army offered him funding for continuing his education, a chance to experience other places, people and cultures, and a kick start to his career. After receiving an honorable discharge with awards, he entered the private sector and had a daughter, Michelle.

With a young family and work, Gerald’s education path went differently than some, similar to many, and has proven to be a lifelong journey.  He spent years working at completing his undergraduate work, along with a Masters Certification in Project Management through George Washington University, an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford, and graduated with honors in an Executive MBA program from Saint Mary’s College of California.

After years of working for leading U.S. Companies such as Boise Cascade, Eastman Office Products, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Gerald entered his career in project management working for two Global Supply Chain service providers.  This is where he developed his passion for moving people, teams, organizations, and strategies forward.

Today Paige and Gerald are settled in Tracy, meeting as many local shop and restaurant owners as possible. They have the philosophy that if you shop and dine small regularly, communities will thrive and provide that hometown feeling we all strive for.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • San Joaquin - Calaveras Central Labor Council
  • California School Employee's Association
  • Young Democrat's of San Joaquin
  • The Democratic Club of Greater Tracy
  • North Valley Labor Federation
  • San Joaquin County Democratic Party

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Trust and learning; those are my two core values, and everything must come in alignment with them. We gain trust through our decisions made and actions taken.  Trust is not given easily and will be damaged when we go outside of our core values. Knowledge and intelligence are different. Knowledge is gained through learning from outside our personal experiences, and intelligence is the application of knowledge in a way that benefits those we serve.

Through trust and learning from those around us we can be honest about the strengths and weaknesses of the organization we support. We can then collaborate in the development and execution of strategies that capitalize on our strengths and improve our weaknesses; allowing us to go after opportunities and limit the impact of threats. This is how we move forward and deliver the greatest value to our community.

Videos (2)

— September 18, 2020 Gerald Jeffs

How I approach difficult challenges and develop strategies to move forward. 

— September 20, 2020 Gerald Jeffs

As a community we can not elect and forget.  It is our responsibility to stay connected with our school district, to provide constructive input, and become a part of the solutions going forward.

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