ABOUT ME

Area 5

Encompassing Kensington, El Cerrito, East Richmond Heights, Richmond Annex, Marina, Pt. Richmond

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Leslie with husband Mac and Brenna (Korematsu Middle) and Aaron (El Cerrito High grad/UC Berkeley student).

Photo: Michelle Fillingim, El Cerrito High parent

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PTA road trip to Sacramento with WCCUSD students advocating for SB328 "Later School Start Time."  The bill passed!

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Celebrating Korematsu's new campus. 

 Parent Voice

It seems common sense: parents and students should be a leading voice in guiding our school district.  Until 2020, and the swich to trustee areas, parents with children enrolled in our schools were an underrepresented voice on our board.  I'm a parent with a child enrolled in district schools that will fight for the needs of our families. 

Business Savvy

I'm a successful businesswoman with a 20+ year track record managing hundred million dollar budgets for major businesses. The District is in fiscal crisis. Experienced fiscal management is necessary to stabilize the District through these tough fiscal times.  It's not just about budget cuts; we need creative leadership to drive revenue by increasing enrollment and securing additional funds from philanthropy, industry and more. 

Proven Track Record

I've been a voice for reform and change within the WCCUSD, Contra Costa County and Sacramento for over 13 years, and have a proven track record of bringing programs and resources to this district. I've been involved in numerous local funding measures since 2007 helping to secure over $2 billion for buildings and programs within our District. Most recently, I worked with a WCCUSD team that secured a $1.2 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation to develop student-centered, Deeper Learning initiatives and research-based partnerships.

Fresh, New Leadership and Ideas

I have 13+ years of experience as a parent leader in our District, successfully organizing as a parent leader in our District, successfully organizing parent, teacher and students to work in partnership with the District team. 

Experience and Knowledge

As a parent leader, volunteer and advocate for reform, I've been involved in numerous school site-based District and committees. I've earned the trust of parents, teachers, and school administrators who I've worked with. I can and will hit the ground running and immediately provide fresh, new leadership during these challenging times.