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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Piedmont Unified School DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Education

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Julie Caskey

Elementary Parent/Attorney
2,526 votes (16.44%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Comprehensive community input and transparency on school and curriculum updates
  • Cost and energy efficient updates to the Piedmont schools
  • Learning tailored to individual student need: special ed updates, social-emotional learning and differentiated instruction



Profession:20+ year attorney and advocate: public defender, civil rights, child advocacy and federal court; full-time parent of 4
Parent Member, PUSD Math Task Force — Appointed position (2014–2015)
Staff Attorney, United States District Court, Northern District of California (2003–2011)
Associate, Immigration, Van Der Hout & Brigagliano (2001–2003)
Staff Attorney and Trial Trainer, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York, NY (1997–2001)
Law Guardian, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, New York, NY (1993–1997)
Columbia Law School Human Rights Intern and Volunteer Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (1990–1994)


Columbia Law School JD, Law (1992)
Barnard College, Columbia University BA, American History (1987)

Community Activities

Secretary , Beach Parent Organization (2013–2016)
After School Enrichment Coordinator, Theater and Creative Writing, Beach School (2012–2016)
Co-President and Board Member , ALPS: Advanced Learner Program Support (2013–2016)
Co-Chair, Beach Elementary, Tri-school Carnival , Piedmont Harvest Festival (2012–2015)


With four children in Piedmont schools until 2026, I am deeply committed to ensuring long-term educational excellence.  Since 2011, I’ve volunteered: three years as Beach Parent Organization Secretary and Harvest Festival Carnival Co-Chair; on the Middle School Board; in classrooms, fundraising, coaching, and the arts.


On PUSD’s Math Task Force, I worked collaboratively with teachers, students, and administrators, implementing Common Core math curriculum/pathways. I am Co-President of a parent support group that works closely with PUSD to keep advanced learners challenged and recently funded 6th grade math enrichment and differentiation support districtwide.


With our deeply engaged community, we can improve PUSD policymaking by front-loading consideration of diverse stakeholder viewpoints.  We must provide excellence in 21st century learning with rigorous STEAM (science/technology) curricula and budget-conscious facility updates.  I’ll also focus on improving special education services and enhancing K-12 social-emotional curriculum use to foster inclusiveness/relationships.


A graduate of Princeton’s public schools, Barnard and Columbia Law, I’ve worked in NYC government and as a civil rights, criminal, and child advocacy lawyer for 19 years. I am independent, analytical and resourceful. If elected, I will work hard with administrators to represent our community in providing for our exceptional schools.

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