My wife, Stephanie, and I have lived in the district since 2005. We have two children, entering 5th grade at Oak Knoll and 8th grade at Hillview. I am passionate about education, have a finance background, and am deeply committed to this community. I take pride in our schools and am grateful for my children’s educational experiences but also believe that we can and should do better. This is why I’m running for Menlo Park City School District Board.
The coming years will present our schools with both exciting opportunities and daunting challenges. Our community is fortunate to have such high-quality schools. We also have the resources necessary to further improve our educational services — great leadership, upgraded facilities, dedicated teachers, and an engaged community. However, despite strong property values and a new parcel tax, our district was recently forced to make significant budget cuts and continues to be burdened by growing pension obligations. We must find long-term solutions to these challenges while continuing to enhance the quality of our children’s education.
My experience on the Finance and Audit Committee of the MPCSD Board — where I currently serve as Vice Chair — provides me with deep insights into the district’s unique fiscal challenges and strong relationships with current board members and district leadership. I have also advised the recent successful parcel tax campaign, served on the Hillview PTO Executive Board, chaired multiple PTO committees, and volunteered extensively over the past several years — in classrooms and on playgrounds, chaperoning, and coaching.
With a 20+ year investment career, I would bring strategic and financial expertise to the board. I was most recently a Managing Director at a technology investment firm that I helped co-found, but I’m currently on hiatus from work. Prior to that, I was an investor at a leading private equity firm and a strategy consultant. I received my MBA from Stanford and my BA from Harvard.
As your school board member, my priorities will be:
- Long-Term Financial Stability — by utilizing my deep understanding of the district’s finances and by being aggressive, creative, and tenacious in bringing revenues and expenses into balance
- Improving Educational Quality — through critical self-assessment, strong governance, and thoughtful allocation of time and resources
- Transparency and Accountability — by facilitating ongoing two-way dialogues with the community
With your vote, it would be my privilege to utilize my experience and expertise to serve our community and its children.