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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

Burlingame School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Douglas B. Luftman

Appointed Incumbent
2,772 votes (22.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue Focusing on 21st Century Learning including Additional Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) / Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Further Support for Our Educators
  • Further Engage Community Shareholders



Profession:Silicon Valley Technology Executive
Board of Trustee, Burlingame School District — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board Member, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 63 — Appointed position (2014–current)
Chief Innovation Officer & General Counsel, Lecorpio, LLC (2015–2017)
Member of the Board of Directors - - Area 3 Representative, San Mateo Country School Board Association — Appointed position (2016–2017)
Vice President, Innovation Services, NetApp, Inc. (2012–2015)
Vice President, Innovation Services, CBS (2010–2012)
Member, Wireless Telecommunications Subcommittee & Working Group, City of Burlingame — Elected position (2011–2011)
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Palm, Inc. (2005–2010)
Member of the Board of Directors, Moreland Educational Foundation — Appointed position (2009–2010)


The George Washington University Law School Juris Doctor with honors, Law (1997)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (1993)

Community Activities

Coach & Assistant Coach, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 63 (2007–2017)
Team Manager, Burlingame Soccer Club (2014–2017)
Executive Board - Treasurer, Franklin Elementary School Dad's Club (2014–2016)


My name is Doug Luftman and I am honored to be a Burlingame School District Board member and to have worked closely with my fellow members, the District administration, teachers and staff, the Burlingame Community Education Foundation as their current Board liaison, PTAs, Dad’s Clubs, City Council and our community. We together have furthered the District’s strategic educational direction for the children of Burlingame.

I have two children, who have attended Burlingame's elementary and intermediate schools. My daughter attended Washington and Franklin Elementary Schools and graduated from Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) last year. My son attended Franklin Elementary School and currently is a sixth grader at BIS. 

I also have worked in our community as a board member for such non-profit organizations as Burlingame AYSO and Franklin Dad's Club. In addition, I volunteer for various local community events and have coached and managed different youth athletic teams. 

My passion for supporting public education and volunteerism stems from my deep ties to public education. My wife and I are products of the public education system and we are passionate about volunteering and giving back to our schools. My wife is an educator and we both have been deeply involved as board members at the PTA and Dad's Club as well as BCE Scholar Circle donors. We have helped raise hundreds of thousand of dollars for our schools and promoted unique community give back events, such as the Franklin Carnival, first-run movie pre-premier nights (i.e., school-wide viewings of such films as the latest Star Wars films and Finding Dory the night before its release) and Big Night Out camp out.

I attended UCLA where I graduated with an electrical engineering degree. I then attended law school where I graduated with honors.

My family and extended family have a longstanding history of working in California and New York City public schools, both as teachers and principals. I am proud of their accomplishments, including my mother's founding of a New York City public school, as its founding principal, that has been ranked number 1 in the state of New York and number 17 in the country. I have grown up appreciating the rewards and challenges of being a public educator and strongly believe that we need to continue to find new ways to show our appreciation for and to support such an invaluable and selfless profession.

From a career perspective, I am a long time Silicon Valley tech executive with a passion for promoting innovation and making a difference in the world. Through my roles at startups to Fortune 500 technology companies, I have had the honor of working with such technology luminaries as Dr. Larry Roberts, one of the three founders of the Internet, Jeff Hawkins, the founder of Palm, Inc., the handheld and smartphone company that started the smartphone revolution, and David Hitz, founder of NetApp, a revolutionary network data storage company.

By working closely with dedicated and tireless tech professionals over the last two decades, I have seen how a high quality, well rounded education is so critically important for our local community, our state and our nation's future. I am a vocal proponent and advocate for improving commercial competitiveness in the U.S. and have actively worked with local, state and federal public officials and leading academic institutions and industry groups, to help enhance California's innovation agenda especially around science and technology.

This passion for giving back is what drove me to get even more involved with our District by becoming a Burlingame School District Board member.

I am running for another term as a member of the Board to continue all of the great things that our District has accomplished, to support our teachers, principals and staff, to further our long-term District vision and to continue to build and give back to our Burlingame community.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Juan Raigoza, Controller, County of San Mateo

Organizations (4)

  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • California Teachers Association
  • Burlingame Education Association
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (4)

  • Terry Nagel, Former Mayor, Burlingame City Council
  • John Root, Former Burlingame Elementary School District Trustee, Former Burlingame City Council Member
  • Michael Brownrigg, Vice Mayer, Burlingame City Council
  • David Pine, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors; Former Burlingame School District Board of Trustee

Individuals (103)

  • Jesse Zimmer
  • Ted and Ella Yun
  • Rosalyn Yu
  • Nelson Yee
  • Cliff Wong
  • Rob Wehmeyer
  • Darren and Tricia Tayama
  • Sebastian Steinbach
  • Paul Sieben, Esq.
  • Jay Shamiya
  • Peter Schlampp
  • Frank and Linda Ryan
  • Corey Rubin
  • Kate and Joel Rosenquist
  • Gary Rainville
  • Matthew Oshinsky, Esq.
  • Chuck Ng
  • Chris McGill
  • Dan and Tam Madden
  • Paul Lynch, Project Superintendent, Rosendin Electric
  • Tony Lin
  • Arthur Lierman
  • Reid Liebhaber
  • Steve Lewan and Don Rath
  • Lina Leung
  • Christian Lawrence
  • Paola Lancellotti
  • Srinivasa Konchada
  • Philip Koblis
  • Gus Kiniris
  • Lupe Kesel
  • Quinton Jay
  • Peter Jaunich
  • Julie Gilmartin
  • Amy Gavallos, Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  • Juan Gala
  • Michael Fuss
  • Liarya Fonseca
  • Andy Fligel
  • John Fanelli
  • Dr. Andy Felton
  • Rodrigo and Patricia Espinosa
  • Sandy and Lorna Dean
  • Sherman Chan
  • David Burruto, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee
  • Melissa & Jeremy Bender
  • Michelle White
  • Nick White
  • Camille Watson, Advisory Board, BCE
  • Jenny Viguerie, Co-President, Elementary School PTA
  • Courtney Tong
  • Jennifer Slaboda, Executive Board of the BHS Parents' Group; former BHS Parents' Group President; former President BCE
  • Joanie Schlampp, Co-President, Elementary School PTA
  • Johnny Ng, President, Elementary School Dad's Club
  • Dr. Byron Lee
  • Karen Lynch, Former Treasurer, Elementary School PTA; Sales Coach & Advisor / Professional Coach & Co-Active Life Coach
  • Brooke Lierman, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School PTA
  • Cheri Jaunich, Board Member, Charles Armstrong School; Classroom Ambassador, The Carey School; School Art Classroom Volu
  • Sherri Jarrett, VP of Enrichment, PTA; Advisory Council, BCE
  • Teri Handelman, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School PTA
  • George Gavallos, MD, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School Dad's Club; Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  • Terese Fuss, Advisory Board, BCE
  • Marni Fligel, Board of Director, Burlingame Community Education Foundation (BCE)
  • Evie Felton
  • Will Evans, President, Dad's Club; President, Burlingame Girls Softball
  • Alex DiCesare, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School PTA
  • Lynn Currie, Cheerleading Coach, Burlingame High School (BHS)
  • Dori Chan, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Nirmala Bandrapalli
  • Elaine Moore, Retired Burlingame Public School Teacher (47 years)
  • Tiffany Kiniris, San Mateo Public School Teacher
  • Diane Chau, Special Education Resource Specialist Teacher (including formerly working in Burlingame School District)
  • Karen Colbert, Retired Burlingame Public School Teacher (20 years)
  • Lisa Flagg
  • Kelly Tillman, Former BCE Board of Director
  • Cesar Orosco, Former President, Elementary School Dad’s Club
  • Christine Thorsteinson, President, Burlingame High School Parents’ Group, Former PTA Executive Board Member (Elementary
  • Irene Motoviloff, Former PTA President, Elementary School
  • Shawn McNamera, President, Elementary School Site Council
  • Michael Jarrett, President, Elementary School Dad’s Club; BCE Advisory Board
  • Chad Forrest, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School Dad's Club
  • Ray Etzler, Longtime Burlingame Resident
  • Meredith Thacker, Former PTA President, Elementary School
  • Mary Ann Waterman, Former School Secretary, Franklin Elementary School (21 years)
  • Kathy Tanaka, Retired Burlingame Public School Teacher (16 years) and Longtime Burlingame Resident
  • John Kevranian, Past President of the Broadway Business Improvement District
  • Cyndi Wright, Chair of Burlingame Special Education Committee
  • Betty Jo Wade, Former Burlingame School District employee (45 years)
  • Gary Rashid, Longtime Burlingame Resident
  • Brian Ring
  • Dr. Fady Malik
  • Tam Madden
  • Steve Lamont & Julie Pak
  • Alex Flagg
  • Dean Fantham
  • Kendra Wehmeyer
  • Briant Chun-Hoon, Longtime Burlingame Resident
  • Mark Burri
  • Bob Bierman
  • Vikram Rao, Former Treasurer, Elementary School Dad's Club
  • Laurie Orosco, Former PTA Executive Board Member, Elementary School
  • Yvette Fantham, Former PTA Board of Director
  • David Dubovsky, Former Executive Board Member, Elementary School Dad's Club

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Building on the successes that we’ve already had in maintaining our world class schools, the following is my vision for the future:

Additional Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) / Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — We should continue to increase our attention on STEAM / NGSS learning in the years to come to ensure that our children are ready for the 21st century. I am excited that we on the Board recently approved a new Director of Innovation, who will ensure that our teachers and students are further empowered to more effectively use technology in their classroom as an enhanced learning tool. 

Further Support for Our Educators — Good teachers and principals make good schools.  We need to give even more support: create more robust professional development plans to help those who need it, empower those who want to learn more, reinforce that the District prefers, wherever possible, to hire from within, and provide a more clear career path for those who want to pursue a greater leadership role in the District. It also is critically important for the educator's voice to be heard early and often in the decision-making process since they have invaluable insight into how best to educate our children. We also need to continue to show our appreciation for our teachers. This is something that doesn't cost much and is in abundant supply. We can work with our community leaders through such organizations as the PTAs, the Dad’s Clubs and BCE to help develop more specific and regular appreciation events for our teachers and principals. They are at the core of our District's education prowess and we need to ensure that our community's appreciation of their role and sacrifice is regularly expressed. 

Maintain A Holistic District View—Understandably parents from a specific school are passionate about their school and the needs of their children at that site. I believe it is critically important as a Board member to ensure that one keeps a holistic view of the entire District to ensure that all of Burlingame's children are served. 

Continue To Improve Special Education—In the past, resources have not been as optimized as we would like them to have been. We have made progress, but I believe we can focus additional attention on special education including further supporting specific learning differences. Additional resources should be made available to our parents, teachers and principals to help them be even more effective in working with Burlingame students who just learn a little differently from everyone else.

Further Engage Community Shareholders—Over the next few years we want to promote more activism and involvement in our schools from parents, grandparents and caregivers. There are many ways to serve, and it is fun and rewarding to help our kids, their teachers and their schools.

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