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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Moraga School DistrictCandidate for Board Member4 Year Term

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Richard Severy

Appointed Incumbent
4,388 votes (38.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enrich our students' learning experience by continuing to introduce new curricula, creating flexible and innovative learning environments that encourage collaborative learning, and fostering professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • Keep our schools safe and strong, beginning with repairs and improvements promised by Measure V (school bond); promote programs that foster students' social and emotional well-being; and responsibly manage our limited financial resources.
  • Increase community involvement by regularly communicating District's goals and accomplishments, and maintaining transparent decision-making process. I pledge to listen to all concerned parties and reach decisions that benefit all our students.



Profession:Appointed Incumbent (retired attorney and telecommunications company executive)
Governing Board, Moraga School District — Appointed position (2016–current)
Associate General Counsel (retired), Verizon (2006–2014)
Director, Public Policy, Western Region, MCI Telecommunications (1990–2005)


U.C. Berkeley A.B. (current)
Catholic University of America J.D. (current)

Community Activities

Governing Board Member, Moraga School District (2016–2016)
Member, Contra Costa County School Boards' Association, and its Legislative Committee (2016–2016)
President, Campolindo Homeowners Association (2013–2015)
Board of Directors (Vestry), St. Stephen's Church, Orinda (2008–2010)
Board of Directors, CALTEL (California Competitive Telecommunications Companies) (1991–2004)


My family has lived and been actively involved in the Moraga community since 1990.  Our two children obtained an excellent education at Moraga's elementary, intermediate and high schools, so I appreciate the importance of our local public schools.  I now have the time and opportunity to give back to the schools by serving on the School Board, contributing my experience, exercising independent judgment, and helping to achieve the District's goals and challenges.  I devoted my 30+ year legal career to the development and advocacy of sound public policy.  I am an attorney, and bring that background, perspective, understanding of state regulation, and consensus-building skills to the Board's decision-making process.  Since being appointed to the Moraga Board, I have assumed a leadership role by 1) serving as co-chair of the Yes on Measure V (school improvement bond) campaign committee, and 2) representing Moraga on the Contra Costa County School Boards Assn., and that group's legislative committee, which advocates for policies that will benefit Moraga schools.  

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Charles MacNulty
  • Kathy Ranstrom

Elected Officials (4)

  • Vicki Gordon, President, Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board
  • Shari Simon, President, Moraga School District Governing Board
  • Christine Deane, President, Contra Costa County Board of Education
  • Dave Trotter, Vice Mayor of Moraga

Individuals (56)

  • Kitty Stephens
  • Mark and Sheri Sweeney
  • David and Kate Marshall
  • Paul Derksen
  • Joe and Deb De Trane
  • Lawrence Bennett
  • Nancy Jo Kendzierski
  • Phil and Laura Crosby
  • Susan Captain
  • Stacie Coates
  • Tom and Christine Camp
  • Tom and Cindy Barni
  • Clark and Barbara Bisel
  • Chris and Anne Baker
  • Gabe Togneri and Pat Thompson
  • Debbie Purcell
  • Jim Sauerberg
  • Faiz and Rima Makdisi
  • Mike Lippman
  • Greg Dolge and Deanne Pearn
  • Larry Jacobs
  • Matt and Andrea Keathley
  • John and Brigid Wonder
  • Dan and Julie Wood
  • Steve and Peggy Woehleke
  • Dave Parker
  • Fred Weil
  • Keith and Hester Wesselmann
  • Brad and Marie Ward
  • Alex and Jan Trzesniewski
  • Tom and Roxanna Trutner
  • Janet Traenkner
  • Janelle Chng
  • Bill and Elizabeth Lee
  • Jon Ranstrom
  • Reg and Jan Monteyne
  • Paul and Barbara Miller
  • Kevin and Laura McCauley
  • Jim and Jill Malley
  • Brent Levenfeld
  • Kwon Lee
  • Rick and Laura Larson
  • Jim and Margie Kurkjian
  • H.L. Itner
  • Bill and Julia Hossfeld
  • Stan and Wendy Holcenberg
  • Bill and Dee Dee Hansen
  • Neal and Kim Habas
  • Shannon Gaffney
  • Susan Freeman
  • Cathy Morley Foster
  • Donna Foliart, M.D.
  • Mark and Suzanne Farlin
  • Mike and Tricia Doucet
  • John and Betsy Donnelly

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 Richard Severy:

The Moraga School District periodically provides updated financial reports that disclose all funding sources, including the amount of funds obtained through several state and federal programs.  It is essential that the District (1) continues to be transparent, and that it regularly provide pertinent financial information to the public through various means; and (2) periodically conduct meetings for parents (such as one held on September 21) to explain the District's goals and priorities (the Local Control Accountability Plan), describe what the District is doing to achieve its objectives, and invite public input into that process.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

More information about my commitment to the long-term success of Moraga's public schools, the topics I see as key priorities, and my experience that enables me to be a contributing member of the Moraga School District's Governing Board, can be found on my website,  I invite you to check it out.

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