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Why Elect Dana Tom?

With two sons in our schools, I have become more and more involved with children and education, serving as PTA president, Site Council co-chair, youth sports coach, and PAUSD Strategic Planning team member.  Each experience has deepened my commitment to do more.  Today, my hopes for all our children, and my dedication to providing an outstanding education for them, have inspired me to run for school board.

As our schools face both statewide and local challenges, I will work to: provide strong fiscal stewardship which sustains excellence over the long term; oversee first-rate teaching and learning which challenges every student appropriately; and improve the teamwork and communication necessary to engage all stakeholders.   Please join me!

Fiscal Stewardship

In my nearly two decades of high tech business management, I have overseen multi-million dollar projects and analyzed complex budgets.   I also served on the Measure A Steering Committee.  As a member of the Palo Alto school board, I will ensure accountability to:

  • Defending our local property tax revenue
  • Using Measure A funds responsibly
  • Planning for long-term enrollment growth

First-Rate Teaching and Learning

As a member of the District Strategic Goals team, I helped define our district’s key priorities.  I will work to uphold and expand Palo Alto’s proud tradition of outstanding instruction and student achievement.  I support:

  • Full alignment with our district’s Strategic Goals
  • Increased teacher collaboration and sharing of best practices
  • Differentiated instruction which meets diverse learning styles

Teamwork and Communication

As a business manager with organizational development experience, I have led diverse, multifunctional teams to achieve results.   As Site Council co-chair, I promoted better teamwork between staff and parents.  I will work for:

  • Decisive leadership based on respectful listening and careful consideration of all stakeholders
  • Collaboration with the Los Altos Hills community to explore better ways of serving their students.
  • Collaboration, trust, and open discussion at all levels
  • Greater transparency in decision making

What others say about Dana Tom:

"I am pleased to support Dana Tom’s candidacy for membership on the PAUSD board.  He is a respectful leader who will champion open discussion, the building of trust, and collaboration at all levels in the school district."
Liz Kniss, Chair, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

"I worked with Dana on the Measure A campaign.   I know that he has the judgment, integrity and commitment to make the financial decisions that will enable this district to remain an educational leader."
Julie Jerome, PAUSD Board 1989-97

"Dana coached my grandson.  He really cares about kids - all kids.  He helped the boys improve their skills and learn the lessons that made them good team members.  I am persuaded that he will bring the same passion to his work on the school board."
Carolyn Tucher, PAUSD Board 1981-89

"What's remarkable about Dana is the quality of his listening coupled with the depth of his integrity. Dana really wants to do the right thing for Palo Alto kids.  If he doesn't know exactly what that is, he listens, he learns, he weighs carefully and he makes sound decisions in line with his code of values.  His caring, collaborative, ethical approach will make Dana an outstanding school board member."
Kathy Schroeder, Ohlone/JLS parent

"I worked with Dana Tom on the Measure A campaign.  I am confident he will manage the PAUSD budget with good judgment and full accountability."
"In all of his leadership roles, Dana Tom works hard to listen and consider every point of view.  He is just the kind of person we need to lead our district."
Megan Swezey Fogarty, El Carmelo parent, Measure A Co-chair

"Dana is honest, forthright, and has shown time and again that he is willing to step up to support Palo Alto students."
Jon Foster, Duveneck parent, Measure A Co-chair

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