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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Los Gatos Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member4 Year Term

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Mani A. Farhadi

Project Manager
5,849 votes (31.78%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enrich the education of our students as we prepare for them for the 21st century.
  • Enhance communication with the community.
  • Collaborate regarding solutions to address district growth.



Profession:Project Manager
Senior Associate/Project Manager, Steinberg (Architects) (2001–2016)
Board of Trustees, Los Gatos Union School District — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee, Los Gatos Union School District — Appointed position (2003–2013)
Associate/Project Manager, Sasaki Associates (1984–1998)


Society for College & University Planning Step III, Planning Institute (2015)
United States Green Building Council LEED 2.0, Accredited Professional (2002)
Boston Architectural College B. Arch., Architecture (1995)
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA B. A. , Architecture (1984)

Community Activities

Women in Architecture Committee, American Institute of Architects (2015–current)
Table Captain, Annual Luncheon, YWCA (2007–2016)
Alumnae Interviewer, Wellesley College (2012–2016)
Volunteer, Los Gatos Youth Theatre (2009–2013)


I’m Mani Farhadi. I’m currently an LGUSD Board of Trustee member, because I believe public schools serve a valuable purpose in providing free education to children from all walks of life. My family chose Los Gatos for the school districts. With the left side of our brain, we looked at the school statistics & data. With our right side, we fell in love with the arts & music instruction. My children began the District in Kindergarten, went through Elementary and Fisher. Now one is a Senior at Los Gatos High School and one is a Senior at a public CA University. They are successful outcomes of our schools, balancing their interests in the arts, athletics, science & volunteering; a testament to nurturing the whole child.

Aside from being a parent, my other hat is in the design occupation. I work at Steinberg, an architectural office with expertise in educational institutions. Having 30 years of experience, I plan creative learning environments for schools, colleges & universities. I collaborate with administration, faculty, students, & communities about places of learning, looking at trends and lessons learned in the built environment, from the outside so to speak.

Why do I volunteer for LGUSD? It is because I’m passionate about our children’s education and I want to contribute to the decision-making from the inside. I was appointed to LGUSD Board of Trustees in Aug 2015, after having served on the Bond Oversight Committee for 10 years. I was involved behind the scenes in planning the new campuses we have today. For this role, I received the ‘Citizen Architect’ award from the American Institute of Architects. Being on the Governing Board, my professional and volunteer worlds have converged and I have felt whole; like the whole child we aspire for our children.

Education is constantly evolving. As our district plans ahead for the 21st C, it is a new era. It is important to be adaptable and resilient. As an American-born citizen, who was raised overseas, I feel fortunate to be living in CA with freedom of education and access for all. I offer you a continuum of experience, insatiable curiosity and a community voice for our Board. Volunteering to serve on the Board is an honor. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Los Gatos Elementary Teacher's Association (LGETA)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Marico Sayoc, Vice Mayor, Los Gatos Town Council
  • Steve Leonardis, Los Gatos Town Council

Individuals (4)

  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Former LGUSD Board of Trustees
  • Kathleen Bays, Former LGUSD Board of Trustees
  • Scott Broomfield, Former LGUSD Board of Trustees
  • Melanie Hanssen, Los Gatos Planning Commissioner

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