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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Piedmont Unified School DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Education

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Cory Smegal

Community Volunteer
3,647 votes (23.74%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure fiscal responsibility of the Piedmont School District
  • Promote broad educational opportunities for all students
  • Foster decision making transparency and better communication



Profession:Former Business Consultant / Marketing Executive + Community Volunteer
Marketing Executive, AT&T (2001–2014)
Business Consultant, KPMG (1998–2001)


Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley MBA (1998)
UC Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts, Economics (1991)

Community Activities

Treasurer, Piedmont Education Foundation (2015–current)
Co-Chair Grants Committee , Piedmont Education Foundation (2015–2016)
Member, Piedmont Middle School Site Council (2014–2016)
Member, Math Task Force (2014–2015)
Co-Chair, Two Years, Member, Four Other Years, Giving Campaign Committee (2007–2013)


Cory Smegal -- Candidate for Piedmont Board of Education  

I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Piedmont Board of Education.  Like many of you, we moved to Piedmont so our children could attend the public schools.  My husband grew up here and we wanted our two children to have the same high-quality education and opportunities fostered by generations of hard-working teachers, parents and community members.  


For the last 11 years, I have supported our schools as an involved parent and tireless volunteer. I served as president of the Wildwood Parent Club the year that we need to plan for the school relocation to Emeryville.  The next year, I was a member of the Seismic Oversight Committee to monitor and review the seismic work for Wildwood. 


I worked on the Giving Campaign Committee for six years, two as co-chair.  During my tenure as co-chair, we raised over $3.4 million for our schools. As a member of the Math Task Force, I worked with administrators, teachers and other parents on recommendations for implementation of the new math curriculum. I recently finished a two year term on the PMS Site Council and currently serve as co-treasurer for the Piedmont Education Foundation.  


I’ve had a breadth of volunteer opportunities that have allowed me to see how things work in the District and what areas can be improved.  As a School Board member, I will focus on communication, fiscal responsibility, and decision-making transparency in our District. I have an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and 16 years of experience as a business consultant with KPMG and a marketing executive with AT&T.  My education and experience in business and volunteering for Piedmont schools allows me to ask the right questions, understand the financial issues facing the district and scrutinize the district's economic priorities.


I support Measure H1 to invest in the physical infrastructure of our aging schools.  If it is passed, I will be a leader in ensuring the district makes effective use of our tax dollars to create lasting improvements for students and teachers. 


On a more personal note, my daughter is a sophomore at PHS and my son is an 8th grader at PMS.  I am committed to making sure that the District provides the highest quality education not only for them, but for all of its current and future students.  On November 8th, I would be honored to have your support for Piedmont Board of Education.



Cory Smegal


If you'd like to learn more about me, please visit my website,  


If you'd like to watch the recent League of Women Voters Election Forum, you can stream it at:  (Select "Other Public Meetings")

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Piedmonter

Elected Officials (5)

  • Doug Ireleand, current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Rick Raushenbush, current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Amal Smith, current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Jody London, current member of the Oakland School Board
  • Bob McBain, member of the Piedmont City Council

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Cory Smegal:

The State of California, through the local control funding formula, provides Piedmont with just a little more than half of the District's $38 million budget.  The rest of the budget comes from our local parcel tax and extensive fundraising efforts and is predominantly used to hire more teachers to reduce classroom size.  

The vast majority (86%) of the Piedmont Unified School District budget is spent on people.  The current way for the public to understand how the District is spending its money is to attend Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings.  There are approximately six meetings per year.  I would like to improve this process by sharing details of the District's budget more broadly.  The BAC meets on various weekdays during work hours (typically 3:30-5) which is not always convenient for getting widespread participation.  I think we can use technology to make information from this meeting more readily available to other interested parties.

One way to measure outcomes for the Piedmont schools, is to look at the recently released CAASPP results.   The CAASP, or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – are computer-based assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.    In English Language Arts, 87% of Piedmont students met or exceeded the state standard.  This percentage ranked Piedmont #1 in Northern California and #3 in the state.  For Math, 87% of Piedmont students met or exceeded the state standard.  This percentage ranked Piedmont #1 in Northern California and tied for #1 in the state.  This new assessment is obviously only one gauge of student progress, but it is a measure that can be used to compare Piedmont to other unified school districts.

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