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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Member, Community College Board

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Amy Bacharach

Community College Board Trustee / Researcher
135,393 votes (16.82%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Hire a chancellor: One of the most important job of a Board of Trustees is to hire the chancellor. This year, the board will be engaging in that hiring process.
  • Increase enrollment: Our enrollment is down by 32 percent in the last 5 years, and 7 percent from last year. Since we are funded based on enrollment, it is crucial that we increase the enrollment. I think there are many opportunities to do this.
  • Create an alumni association: An estimated 1 in 7 people in San Francisco have been touched by City College, but we're not tracking those people. An alumni association would create opportunities for mentorships, internships, and funding.



Profession:Community College Board Trustee & Policy Researcher
Community College Board Trustee, San Francisco Community College Board — Elected position (2014–current)


CA School of Professional Psychology/Alliant PhD, Forensic Psychology (2006)


Dr. Amy Bacharach was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2014. She is a Senior Research Analyst with the Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children, and the Courts, where she works on state policy issues primarily in the areas of juvenile justice, collaborative justice (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, girls’ courts), and human trafficking, specializing in evidence-based practices. She has conducted extensive research on collaborative justice and juvenile issues, including runaway behavior, substance abuse, and survival sex and human trafficking in adolescents, and has authored numerous articles and reports and a book chapter. She also serves on statewide task forces related to these issues. In addition to her work with the Judicial Council, she spent many years as an adjunct professor and in 2013 was named one of the top 25 forensic psychology professors nationwide. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Award in Egypt to study women’s experiences with a new law allowing them to ask for divorce; however, the Egyptian government refused to grant her clearance to conduct this research.



Originally from Philadelphia, Trustee Bacharach had lived in France and Mexico City and travelled extensively around the world before calling San Francisco home. Trustee Bacharach holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology and a certificate in Organizational Development. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • SEIU 1021
  • All of my colleagues on the Community College Board
  • San Francisco Chronicle

Organizations (25)

  • Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club
  • Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104
  • Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 38
  • San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Parent PAC (Political Action Committee)
  • San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC)
  • Noe Valley Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Democrats for Change
  • Potrero Hill Democratic Club
  • Richmond District Democratic Club
  • Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club
  • Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club
  • SF Moderates
  • San Francisco Firefighters
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association
  • City Democratic Club
  • Bay Area Reporter (B.A.R.)
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • Evolve California
  • District 5 Democratic Club
  • Democratic Women in Action
  • FDR Democratic Club for Seniors and People with Disabilities
  • New Avenues Democratic Club
  • Chinese American Democratic Club
  • IBEW Local Union 6

Elected Officials (22)

  • London Breed, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
  • Mark Leno, CA State Senator*
  • David Chiu, CA State Assembly, District 17*
  • Phil Ting, CA State Assembly, District 19*
  • Fiona Ma, CA Board of Equalization*
  • Betty Yee, State Controller*
  • Gavin Newsom, CA Lt. Governor*
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Mayor Ed Lee
  • Carmen Chu, Assessor/Recorder*
  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender*
  • Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
  • Katy Tang, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
  • Mark Farrell, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
  • George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney*
  • Matt Haney, President, San Francisco Board of Education*
  • Dr. Emily Murase, San Francisco Board of Education*
  • Rachel Norton, San Francisco Board of Education*
  • Shamann Walton, San Francisco Board of Education*
  • Jill Wynns, San Francisco Board of Education*
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (2)

Many people believe that the City College of San Francisco has been damaged by years of controversy. How will you repair that damage?
Answer from Amy Bacharach:

When I ran last time, one of my goals was to make sure that City College has a seat at the table and is working closely with SFUSD. I am now the co-chair of a joint committee between CCSF and SFUSD. One of my goals is to work closely with SFUSD to bring as many HS students and graduates into CCSF as possible. In the past, HS students have comprised a small percentage of overall enrollment. I believe that we can significantly increase this percentage and boost enrollment. I also want to create new collaborative partnerships with industries and professions in the Bay Area to provide vocational and skills training for the people in those industries and professions. We’ve done a great job at supplying the majority of nurses and culinary staff in the Bay Area; I’d like to see that applied to many other sectors. We should also be providing the training and education for existing employers in SF, including the County of San Francisco! My primary goal for this next term continues to be starting an alumni association for the estimated 1 in 7 or 8 San Franciscans who have been touched by City College. This will create so many more opportunities for our students, from funding to mentorships to job opportunities.

In addition to working with the community, we repair the damage by continuing to ensure that City College is available, accessible, and affordable for our entire community.

What specific ideas do you have to improve the financial health of our community colleges?
Answer from Amy Bacharach:

I am running for re-election to continue the work that this dynamic Board has been doing since having our power restored. I am passionate about higher education as I am a living example of the opportunities that higher education can provide, having gone from high-school dropout to Ph.D. in less than 20 years. I have a unique perspective on the board due to my work in developing and analyzing policy, implementing evidence-based practices, and making hard decisions, as well as my work as an adjunct professor for many years, which brings a faculty perspective. I am a pragmatic, independent, strong, and unifying leader, which is exactly what City College needs right now. My vision is for the Board to move forward with strengthening the institution as a whole, making sure that the community’s needs are being met with high-quality education and training and that the college is on track for financial stability. The Board must also rebuild mutual trust with all of its stakeholders, including faculty and staff, students, the community, the state chancellor’s office, and even the accrediting agency.

In the last two years since I was elected, I’ve introduced resolutions calling for Prop 13 reform and supporting gun safety measures, and supporting AB 2822, which will provide emergency financial aid for students as crises arise so they don’t have to drop out of school. I also recently wrote an op-ed supporting the Free City College initiative, and will help campaign for the real estate transfer tax in November to fund it, as well as the parcel tax extension. I have a unique perspective on the board having been on the faculty side and being a researcher guided by best practice approaches. I am also a pragmatic, independent, strong, and unifying leader, which is exactly what City College needs right now. 

Finding new, creative ways to increase revenue for CCSF is a major priority. Creating a strong alumni network with an endowment and engaging the business, government, and nonprofit communities will help with this priority. There are also new grant funding opportunities in conjunction with criminal justice realignment that may be available for important programs such as Second Chances and Guardian Scholars.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a proud graduate of Emerge California and have been an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party since 2011. This year, I was elected to be a Hillary delegate to the Democratic National Convention. I have been part of the finance council for Hillary since the “Ready for Hillary” campaign. I was a founding member of Vaccinate California and worked closely with Senators Pan and Allen to pass SB277, which was important to me as a new mom. I am currently working on legislation that will close the loophole in the Paid Family Leave Act that will allow public employees to be eligible. I am also a member of Assemblyman David Chiu’s Women’s Advisory Committee.



Locally, I have served on the Community College Board for the last two years. In my time in San Francisco, I have served on the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee as a policy advocate for issues dealing with girls and women. I was also on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, which focuses on lobbying at the local and state level to combat human trafficking, prevent family violence, promote girls' education, and advocate for restorative justice, and have served on the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, whose goal is to reduce poverty in the Bay Area by half by 2020. I also currently serve on the board of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center. I have raised money, phone banked, and walked countless precincts for local democratic candidates and local and state initiatives. I also registered voters and phone banked for Obama during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and for Allyson Schwartz for PA governor, and I have been part of the National Finance Council for the Hillary For American campaign and for the Ready for Hillary Campaign before that.  

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