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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Saugus Union School DistrictCandidate for Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 3

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Julie Olsen

Learning Development Executive
4,261 votes (55.34%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide equal access to innovative Arts integration and STEM/STEAM programs across all 15 schools, for all students
  • Close the achievement gaps and restore the district's position as the top performing elementary school district in the Santa Clarita Valley. One way is by expanding the use of innovative teaching methods to align better with the new standards.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency, and continue improving campus security and safety for all students and staff



Profession:Learning & Development Leader (curriculum design/development, instructor, performance consultant, and division leader)
Learning & Development Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2004–current)
Chairperson and Parent Representative, School Site Council — Elected position (2014–current)
Member, Saugus Union School District Measure EE Bond Citizen Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015–current)
Executive Vice President ('16-Present), Legislative/Advocacy Chairpers, Charles Helmers Elementary School Parent Teacher Association — Elected position (2014–current)
Member, Saugus Union School District Communications Committee and Parent Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Board Member Representative, William S. Hart Union High School District Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Full professional background visible at, (1988–2004)


Cancer Treatment Centers of America Certificate, Cancer Patient/Survivor Lay Ministry (2013)
PwC Certificate, Team-Based Learning Consultant (2013)
University of Connecticut Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1993)

Community Activities

Volunteer, SCV Senior Center events, SIFMA Foundation for Financial Literacy, Youth Financial Literacy Instructor, (2014–current)
Board Member and Secretary, Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry (2015–2016)
Life Group Leader and Social Media Communications Team Member, Real Life Church (2013–2015)
"Big Sister" (youth mentor), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (2003–2013)
Founder/Leader of the Triumph Cancer Ministry, Northpark Community Church (2010–2012)


Julie is a leader in a "Big 4" consulting firm's Learning & Development division, a three-time #1 ranked learning organization by Training Magazine. She oversees the implementation of large-scale training initiatives that develop tens of thousands of business professionals, year-round.

Julie's 25-year career includes experience as a curriculum designer/developer, instructor, change management consultant, project manager, and operations leader. She also successfully managed profitable, multimillion-dollar corporate education centers throughout North America for a global technology firm.

Julie's passion for helping people learn and achieve their full potential extends beyond her career in the learning field and into her work as an education advocate and volunteer in the local school districts where she's served many leadership roles in the PTA, School Site Council, District Communications Committee, Parent Advisory Committees, and as an appointed member of the district's Measure EE Bond Citizen Oversight Committee.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson
  • California State Controller, Betty Yee
  • California State Treasurer, John Chiang

Organizations (2)

  • UA Plumbers & Fitters Local 761
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12

Elected Officials (8)

  • Moorpark Mayor Pro Tem and former president of the California School Boards Association, David Pollock
  • Santa Clarita City Councilmember and former Mayor, Marsha McLean
  • Santa Clarita City Councilmember, TimBen Boydston
  • Palmdale School District Board President, Juan Carrillo
  • Saugus Union School District Trustee, Chris Trunkey
  • Agua Dulce Town Councilmember and LAPD Lieutenent, Lou Vince
  • Newhall School District Trustee, Christy Smith
  • College of the Canyons Board President, Bruce Fortine

Individuals (6)

  • Former Wm.S.Hart Union High School District Trustee/former Castaic District Trustee, Gloria Mercado-Fortine
  • Board Member, Los Angeles Parents Education League, Helmers PTA President, EduScout Owner, Tre Conway
  • Past Helmers PTA President, Tracy Kuncar
  • Former Saugus Union School District Head Teacher (current Asst.Principal for Glendale Unified District), Cheryl Cameron
  • Former California School Employees Association Chapter President, Laurie Norman
  • Chairperson of Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation Commission, Michael Cruz

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 Julie Olsen:

Raising public awareness of how California public schools are funded is important to equip community members to make informed comments and decisions on all matters related to public schools (choosing where to purchase a home, choosing a school for their children, voting on bond ballot measures and/or on school board elections, etc.).

Additionally, research shows that parent/guardian involvement in a child's education leads to greater student success so it's critical that parents/guardians and community members understand how the funding occurs and is allocated, and provide their input by participating in the Local Control Accountability Planning (LCAP) process.

To increase public awareness of the process and encourage greater participation, I will:

  • Encourage LCAP review meetings and public hearings to be scheduled at times that accommodate working parents'/citizens' schedules and enable virtual participation and submission of comments. Committee meetings and public hearings on our LCAP should be proactively promoted to encourage greater participation.

  • Leverage the district's Public Information Officer, the Communications Committee, and the district/school websites and social media for an effective communication campaign focused on increasing engagement, including raising awareness of the LCFF/LCAP process and why it's important to be involved or at least aware

  • Leverage key school events such as Back-to-School Night, Open House and performances to distribute basic information about LCFF/LCAP 

  • Bring CA PTA School Smarts parent education program into the district

  • Visit with local industry, business, nonprofit, and parent groups to explain how LCFF/LCAP works and the key role of parents and community members, because all community members, including those without school-age children, and our local businesses, all have a vested interest in the success of local public schools and the students they serve.  Our property values, businesses, and governments all benefit from well-educated and well-rounded graduates. 

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