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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Palo Alto Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Stacey Ashlund

Technology Consultant/Researcher
11,302 votes (21.12%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Broaden the definition of academic success by supporting students across the range of skills, interest, and learning styles
  • Support teachers by allowing flexibility and providing professional development, mentorship, and classroom support
  • Ensure the district is accountable to its mission of inspiring all students and providing them with the means to achieve their personal best



Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University M.S, Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction (current)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.S., Math and Computer Science (current)


As a Palo Alto parent and advocate for 19 years, I have helped families in our community support their children so they achieve their full potential. I bring shared goals to light and build consensus to achieve those goals.I am passionate about education, and want to make it more accessible, inclusive, and effective for every student. I will ensure we devote our district resources in accordance with our mission of providing a high quality pre-K-12 education in a rich, academically challenging, and supportive community.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Palo Alto Educators Association
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (4)

  • Hon. Jerry Hill, State Senator
  • Hon. Marc Berman, Assemblymember
  • Hon. Liz Kniss, Mayor of Palo Alto
  • Hon. Terry Godfrey, PAUSD Trustee

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Growing up working class on the southside of Chicago, quality public education is what empowered me to develop my creativity, communication skills, and love of STEM, and to forge my own path from being a dance major to a computer science career in the budding field of user experience. Still, I know too many students struggle to reap the rewards that education has to offer. My public school experience taught me that education’s promise did not need to remain out of reach for me and that experience drives my passion for helping all students in our schools reach their full potential.

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