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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Mateo CountyCandidate for Superintendent of Schools

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Nancy Magee

Associate Schools Superintendent
65,683 votes (50.46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safe and inclusive schools for every student, including mental health supports, wellness initiatives, and restorative practices.
  • High-quality early learning opportunities, including developmentally appropriate curriculum, adequate teacher training and support, and low adult-to-child ratios.
  • Career education for the 21st century, including project-based and personal learning initiatives, opportunities for student internships and apprenticeships, and mentoring.



Profession:Associate County Superintendent
Associate Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education (2015–current)
Administrator, Board and Community Relations, San Mateo County Office of Education (2011–2015)
School Library Services Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education (2010–2011)
Director, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, Grossmont Union High School District (2008–2010)
High school teacher, Various (1983–2008)


Point Loma Nazarene University Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential, Administrative Leadership (2007)
San Jose State University Master's in Library and Information Science, MLIS (2003)
San Jose State University School Library Media Teacher Credential, School Library Media (2003)
San Diego State University Single Subject Teaching Credential, English Language Arts (1983)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), American Literature (1982)

Community Activities

Steering Committee Chair, Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities (2013–current)
Alumni and Outreach Committee, San Mateo Leadership: San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough (2017–current)
Adjunct Member, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (2015–current)
Voting Member, Juvenile Justice Coordingating Council (2015–current)
Member, Association of California School Administrators (2011–current)


Nancy Magee has 34 years of experience in education. A graduate and college athlete from San Diego State University, Nancy began her career as a high school English teacher and varsity boys’ water polo coach. Magee was often recognized for her innovative style, earned teacher of the year and innovator in education honors, and year after year produced championship teams with many of her athletes going on to successful college careers.

She was a classroom teacher and school-wide leader for 20 years before earning a Master's Degree in School Library and Information Science and becoming a high school librarian. As an administrator, Magee has worked at the site, district, and county levels. No matter the role, Magee remains focused on student success.

As Associate Superintendent at the San Mateo County Office of Education, Nancy oversees direct educational services to students who are in the juvenile justice system or who are enrolled in SMCOE’s special education program. Additionally, she provides leadership in the areas of safe and supportive schools including emergency response and mental health coordination, foster youth, Safe Routes to School, Career Technical Education, and Special Olympics. At the state level, Nancy is a member of the Student Programs and Services Steering Committee as part of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

Nancy is a resident of Half Moon Bay. She is openly gay and raised two boys who are both now well launched into adult life. She is a fan of live music, water sports, and the great outdoors which she enjoys with her family and friends.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Joseph W. Cotchett, Senior Partner, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor

Organizations (3)

  • Equality California
  • Palo Alto Daily Post
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)

Elected Officials (19)

  • James Cannon, San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • Sandie Arnott, San Mateo County Treasurer-Tax Collector
  • Tom Mohr, San Mateo County Community College Trustee
  • Juan Raigoza, San Mateo County Controller
  • Deborah Penrose, Mayor, Half Moon Bay
  • Bob Grassilli, Mayor, San Carlos
  • Sam Hindi, Mayor, Foster City
  • John Keener, Mayor, Pacifica
  • Marie Chuang, Mayor, Hillsborough
  • Michael Brownrigg, Mayor, Burlingame
  • Ian Bain, Mayor, Redwood City
  • Rick Bonilla, Mayor, San Mateo
  • John Root, Former San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • John M. Ward, Former San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Carlos Bolanos, San Mateo County Sheriff
  • Denis Fama, Board President, Millbrae School District
  • Florence Wong, Board President, Burlingame School District
  • Terry Thygesen, Board President, Menlo Park City School District
  • Robert J. Foucrault, San Mateo County Coroner

Individuals (15)

  • Daniel Ullyot, M.D. Burlingame
  • Sheryl Young, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leader, Half Moon Bay
  • Kathryn Meola, Community Leader, Belmont
  • Susan Manheimer, Community Leader, Public Safety
  • Roz Koo, Community Leader, San Mateo
  • Stephen Kaplan, Former Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
  • John Keene, Chief Probation Officer, San Mateo County
  • Michael Garb, Commissioner, First 5 San Mateo County, Board Chair, Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits
  • Pat Brown, Consultant, HEART Housing
  • Ron Galatolo, Higher Education Leader
  • Eric Hartwig, Superintendent, Portola Valley School District
  • Ray Avila, Ed.D. Education Leader, Special Education, Pacifica
  • Michele Gay, Co-Founder, Safe and Sound Schools, Joey's Mom
  • Dr. Bruce Thompson, Retired Superintendent, Woodside Elementary School District
  • Dr. Craig Baker, Superintendent, Cupertino Union School District

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