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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Conejo Valley Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jenny Fitzgerald

Parent/Attorney
26,393 votes (18.85%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Combat declining enrollment, the existing achievement gap for multiple groups of students, and the negative impacts of the looming budget deficit. Adequately address students' social and emotional well-being.
  • Promote fiscal responsibility and spending focused on improving the quality of education
  • Ensure transparency in policy development and board decisions.

Experience

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law J.D.
U.C. Berkeley B.A., Political Science

Biography

Jenny is a mom of two children currently attending school in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Herself a product of the California public school system, she experienced the power of community engagement and advocacy for the first time during a project in her high school civics class. Jenny put herself through college and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. She then earned her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and is currently an in-house corporate business counseling attorney in the Conejo Valley.

Through her prior work as a litigation attorney and an attorney for the California Department of Managed Health Care, Jenny has extensive experience with legislation and advocacy. She also interned in the district office of former State Senator (current State Superintendent of Public Instruction) Tom Torlakson and in the Capitol office of a former State Assemblymember. She previously served as the Student Trustee for the Contra Costa Community College Board. Additionally, Jenny was also the Vice-Chair of the General Plan Update Task Force for the city of Martinez, which was charged with preparing and adopting a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city.

Jenny frequently volunteers as team parent of her children's baseball and soccer teams, is the treasurer for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, assists in school classroom and extracurricular activities, and participates in local community service activities.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Ventura County Women's Political Council
  • Unified Association of Conejo Teachers (UACT)
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jenny is running for a seat on the CVUSD School Board to provide a voice for change and to refocus the Board’s efforts on our children’s welfare and academic needs. She believes the School Board needs leadership that seeks to create engaging and empowering academic environments for the students it serves, ensures true transparency in its policy development and decision-making, and promotes fiscal responsibility and spending focused on improving the quality of education for our students. Jenny is also a strong advocate for ensuring the Board represents the interests of ALL students.

As a mom of two young children that attend district schools, Jenny is concerned about the dysfunction on our board and its impact on our children's learning environment. As an attorney, her job is to advocate for her client, negotiate successfully, and forge consensus among opposing viewpoints on complex problems. Jenny plans to combine her concerns as a parent with her skills as an attorney to achieve positive change on the school board, and to advocate and help deliver on the promising futures we all want for our kids.

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