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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Orinda Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Cara Rubinstein Hoxie

Retired CEO
5,283 votes (32.04%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Engage in district-wide strategic planning to create a 5-year plan for how our schools can best meet the needs of all Orinda students.
  • Foster strong community support of our schools.
  • Responsibly oversee the limited resources of our District while maintaining academic excellence.



Profession:Retired non-profit CEO, attorney
President and CEO, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California (1992–2004)
Board Member, Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board — Appointed position (1996–2004)
Attorney, Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe (1987–1992)


Cornell University Juris Doctor, Law (1987)
Smith College Bachelor of Arts, Government (1984)
Miramonte High School High School Diploma (1980)

Community Activities

President, Educational Foundation of Orinda (2012–2016)
Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scout Troop 303 (2004–2014)
Volunteer, Wagner Ranch Elementary School (1999–2009)
Den Parent, Cub Scouts (1999–2004)


I grew up in Orinda and attended Sleepy Hollow, Pine Grove then OIS, and graduated from Miramonte in 1980. My mother taught school at Orinda Union School. After Miramonte I went to Smith College and graduated from Cornell Law School with honors. I returned to San Francisco to practice corporate law. In 1992, I became the President and CEO of Rehabiliration Services of Northern California, a large non-profit organization based in Pleasant Hill that provides Alzheimer's and Adult Day Care as well as job placement programs for people with disabilities. After 12 years I retired from RSNC and began volunteering in Orinda.  I have been on the EFO Board for 8 years, and Co-President for three years.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Classified Schools Employee Association

Individuals (17)

  • Tim Silveira
  • Josie and Steve Kelley
  • Sandy and Dave Anderson
  • Susie Epstein, Acalanes Union High School District Board
  • Julie Parks
  • Darlene Gee, Orinda City Council
  • Eve Philips, Orinda City Council
  • Dean Orr, Orinda City Council
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Council
  • Jason Kaune, Orinda Union School Board
  • Matt Moran, Orinda Union School Board
  • Carol Brown, Vice President, Orinda Union School Board
  • Julie Rossiter, President Orinda Union School Board
  • Sue Severson, Former Orinda Mayor
  • Bobbie Landers, Former Orinda Mayor
  • Steve Glazer, California State Senator
  • Catherine Baker, California State Assembywoman

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 Cara Rubinstein Hoxie:

Unfortunately, Orinda was not a "winner" in the Local Control Funding Formula and receives the second lowest funding in California. That is why the work of the Educational Foundation of Orinda and the Paretns' Clubs in Orinda raising money for our schools is critical to our schools amazing success. I have worked hard to continue to increase the amount of money raised and dontated to our schools, i have reached out to our community as a whole sharing the importance of private funding for our schools by hosting Grandparent's day at our elementary schools, working with the Roatary and other organizations to inform the public about the needs of our schools.

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