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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

San Mateo-Foster City School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jacob Thiel

Management Consultant
2,740 votes (7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Balance the budget to get out of the structural deficit and have a contract for the teachers
  • Enhance the curriculum to focus on developing skills for the future (e.g. soft skills and STEM) by challenging and supporting students based on their individual needs
  • Support parents through better programs, scheduling, and communication



Profession:Management Consultant
Management Consultant, EY (2004–current)


Binghamton University MBA, Finance, Strategic Leadership (2004)
Binghamton University BS, Management Information Systems (2003)


My oldest child is entering the San Mateo-Foster City School District this year and I want to help make it better for all children and our community.

I grew up in San Bruno and attended public schools from kindergarten through graduate school. Consulting for large companies, I have experience with contract negotiations, policy making, understanding and learning from others, and working together to solve problems. I’m active in hiring, performance evaluations, and helping our business adapt and plan for the future.

I will learn and adjust, but my experience has taught me:

Children should enjoy learning and be challenged and supported based on their individual needs. Social, emotional, and physical development are just as important as academic. Schools should expose children to new opportunities and ideas, emphasize applied learning, STEM, music, and language, and teach diversity of thought, inclusion, and compassion.  

Parents need a schedule and system that enables them to support their children and achieve their personal and professional goals. This can be especially challenging for dual income and single parents.


Teachers create a better learning environment if their personal needs are met and have support from the administration and district. We need to hire, recognize, and reward great teachers.

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