Nov 1, 2022 • 47M

Mark Woolway for Acalanes School Board

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Trying to forge a moderate path...
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Hello everybody -

Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Mark Woolway - a tech executive running for school board in the Acalanes Union High School District - a suburban area approximately 30 minutes east of San Francisco. Mark, a former colleague, included me in an email last month that caught my eye. He wrote, "I think there are serious issues facing our local schools… instead of just complaining, I decided to try to do something about it." Mark, a single dad, has four children in the school system. He has, as he explained, a "vested interest in making the high schools the best they can be."

Fast forward a few weeks - and I was surprised to learn that Mark's campaign was attracting some unexpected controversy & backlash.  His critics were upset about a campaign donation check from a prominent Republican. The Chronicle picked up the story - publishing a piece and podcast episode with the title, "Has a right-wing movement to flip school boards really landed in the Bay Area?

Mark Woolway

In this conversation, Mark shares the story behind his run for office and the recent media firestorm. He talks about his view of the current school board, how it is not effectively delivering high-quality education, and why he thinks his 22 years of experience in executive and board leadership enable him to bring something unique to the table. I found this conversation absolutely fascinating, and I hope you will too.

Let’s dive in.

~ Michelle