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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Orinda Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Hillary Weiner

Community Volunteer
6,343 votes (38.46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Innovation: I will bring strategic plans to enhance the classroom experience for all Orinda students, teachers and staff.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: I will prioritize fiscal responsibility and smart and transparent use of all financial resources.
  • Strong Community Partnership: I will promote transparency and communication between all stakeholders to strengthen the district and community partnership.



Profession:Community Volunteer/Parent
Commissioner, Parks & Recreation Commission for the City of Orinda — Appointed position (2015–current)
Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP (2002–2011)
Attorney, Wineberg, Simmonds & Narita (1999–2002)


University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1999)
Emory University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and Psychology (1996)

Community Activities

Auction Chair/Marketing & Communications Chair, Children's Health Guild (2014–current)
Co-VP of Fundraising for Orinda Intermediate School/Secretary, Educational Foundation of Orinda (2015–current)
K-5 Parent Representative on the Fiscal Advisory Committee, Orinda Union School District (2015–current)
Parents' Club Co-President/Parliamentarian, Glorietta Elementary School Parents' Club (2012–2015)
Board Member, Friends of the Orinda Library (2014–2015)


I am a mother with three children currently attending Orinda schools (my three children are in 2nd,, 4th,, and 6th grades, covering both elementary and middle school) and have a current pulse on our schools’ educational needs. I spend my time not just on school committees, but in the classroom and on campus, engaging with students, parents, teachers and staff in a way that only a parent with children in the schools can.

I practiced law in San Francisco for more than 12 years before staying home with my children. I have proven leadership experience in the community, serving as Parents’ Club President for Glorietta, board member for EFO, commissioner on the Parks & Rec Commission for the City of Orinda, K-5 parent representative on the Fiscal Advisory Committee for OUSD, and auction chair for Children’s Health Guild. I am a critical thinker, great listener, and a collaborative leader.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Evolve California
  • Lamorinda Democratic Club

Elected Officials (3)

  • Steve Glazer, Senator for the 7th Senate District
  • Julie Rossiter, Board President for the Orinda Union School Board
  • Victoria Robinson Smith, Orinda Mayor

Individuals (87)

  • Margo and Jay Zimmerman
  • Suzanne Tom
  • Alexis Thompson
  • Katie and Kevin Thomson
  • Craig Stevens
  • Molly Smith
  • Valerie Slovin
  • Betsy Shandalov
  • Ralph Severson
  • Libby Sagara
  • Kelly and Brian Roy
  • Whitney Pope
  • Meredith Peterson
  • Carol Penskar
  • Laura Pavlovich
  • Monica Patel
  • Jennifer and Tom Parker
  • Julie Oliver
  • Lee O'Haver
  • Steve and Stefanie Murphy
  • Becca and Lev Moltyaner
  • Julie Mercer
  • Laura McDowell
  • Latika Malkani
  • Alissa Lillie
  • Amy and Ben Loos
  • Gloria Lee
  • Susie LaCour
  • Kirsten Larsen
  • Rachel Zenner Kane
  • Molly and Gregg Johnson
  • Michelene Insalaco
  • Michelle Holcenberg
  • Tania Harrick
  • Stephanie and Scott Barmmer
  • Sandy and Dave Anderson
  • Lisa and Paul de Paschalis
  • Karen and John Boccabella
  • Katie and Mike Fagundes
  • John and JoAnn Cahill
  • Jessica and Will Fairbourn
  • Jennifer and Jeffrey Bond
  • Jason and Jennifer Lurie
  • Corrine and Travis Dugan
  • Carolyn and Greg Anderson
  • Naomi and Paul Greenstone
  • Meredith Friedman
  • Ali Drasin
  • Andrea Brown
  • Sue Boudreau
  • Cheryl Bjornson
  • Renee Bertenthal
  • Amy Berryhill
  • Lindsay Beck
  • Meighan Baldwin
  • Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
  • Wendy Bond
  • Lexi Morrissey
  • Shiho Barbir
  • Sonya Grover
  • Mindy Becker
  • Mimi Bommarito
  • Courtney Bennett
  • Kendall Glynn
  • Grace Kan
  • Molly Wilson
  • Charlene Robinson
  • Julie Chinn
  • Darien Destino
  • Dean Burnick
  • Jodi Kaelle
  • Shauna Simmonds
  • Aimee Burastero Stevens
  • Craig Cheslog, Member Elect Acalanes Union High School District
  • Susie Epstein, Acalanes Union High School District
  • Bobbie Landers, Former Orinda City Council
  • Sue Severson, Former Orinda City Council
  • Darlene Gee, Orinda City Council
  • Eve Phillips, Vice Mayor, Orinda City Council
  • Dean Orr, Orinda City Council
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Council
  • Riki Sorenson, Former Orinda Union School Board Member
  • Linda Landau, Former Orinda Union School Board Member
  • Pat Rudebusch, Former Orinda Union School Board Member
  • Jason Kaune, Orinda Union School Board Member
  • Carol Brown, Board Vice President for the Orinda Union School Board
  • Matt Moran, Orinda Union School Board Member

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 Hillary Weiner:

Orinda Union School District remains one of the lowest funded districts in one of the lowest funded states in the country. Orinda schools are funded using the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Under this model, Orinda schools receive lower funds than other districts in California with higher percentages of English learner, low-income and foster youth families. As a result, adequate funding continues to be a challenge. Orinda Union School District relies heavily on the broader community to fill financial gaps and provide supplemental programming, technology and special services. Orinda Union School District needs to be creative in looking at additional ways to increase revenue. Our district must plan for the long term now and not wait until a crisis hits.    

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement


2016 Candidate Statement by Hillary Weiner

I am the proud mother of three children attending Orinda schools (2nd, 4th and 6th grades). My family moved from San Francisco to Orinda for the academic excellence provided by Orinda schools. My mission is to ensure the quality of our schools remains at the highest level for all kids in Orinda.

My priorities are:

1.    Innovation. We have a new superintendent and we need new Board members with fresh ideas to innovate our schools and classrooms. I will develop strategic plans to enhance the classroom experience for all Orinda students and teachers.

2.    Fiscal Responsibility. Orinda schools receive significant funding from the community, parents’ clubs, and Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) to fill the gap between State funds and the district’s needs. I will prioritize fiscal responsibility and smart use of all financial resources.

3.    Strong Community Partnership. Orinda schools benefit from a collaborative education process with parents’ clubs, EFO, administrators, teachers, and the community at large. I will promote transparency and communication between all stakeholders to strengthen this partnership.

I have extensive community volunteer experience, including Glorietta Elementary School Parents’ Club Co-President, EFO executive board member, OUSD’s Fiscal Advisory Committee’s K-5 parent representative, and Parks & Recreation Commissioner for the City of Orinda. I will draw upon my community volunteer experience, prior career as an attorney, and full-time role as a mother of three current Orinda students, to bring balanced, innovative, collaborative leadership to the Orinda School Board.

I respectfully ask for your vote.


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