Who I Am & Why I Am Running

[ENDORSEMENTS]

I am honored to have received endorsements from the Seattle Education Association and John Tirpak, Executive Director of the Unemployment Law Project.

[VOTER PAMPHLET INFO]

Education: BA in Sociology Western WA University (2005), AA Green River College (2003), Tahoma HS (2002)

Occupation: Executive Director of Foothold NW & Principal at Dellaloca Design

Every student deserves an affordable and equitable education. I believe that our public schools should be the cornerstone of this value, and should be on even footing with charter and private schools to provide a successful future.

I believe in teaching a balance of science, humanities, the arts, health/physical education, and foundational life skills. These life skills include mental health, depression and bullying; non-violent communication and conflict resolution; critical thinking and privacy in the age of social media; preparing for death and grief legally and emotionally; credit cards and money management; and making healthy food choices (how to compare prices, shop, and cook).

I am not a mother yet myself (except to Boomer and Molly the cats), but have been an aunt since 1996 and am currently trusted to give love and support to nine niblings (AKA nieces and nephews).

I have worked in non-profits for 12 years have participated in education reform advocacy and volunteer work throughout that time. I have been a co-facilitator of the anti-racism committee (and white caucus) at Solid Ground Washington, Free Tax Prep volunteer for United Way of King County, classroom helper at First Place School, and receptionist at Ballard Senior Center.

I am currently the Principal at Dellaloca Design and the Executive Director of Foothold NW. Dellaloca Design supports the mission of nonprofits and local artists by providing affordable digital and print marketing consulting. Foothold NW is a non-profit startup looking to disrupt and change how higher education is funded. We focus on education, student loan assistance and advocacy. Follow our work at http://www.footholdnw.org, on Facebook & Twitter (FootholdNW), and on Instagram (FootholdNorthwest). You can also find my work and education background detail on LinkedIn at https://tinyurl.com/linkedinMLH.

 

[ON MY BOARD EXPERIENCE]

I have 12 years of experience working with boards, board committees, and high level volunteers. At Solid Ground, I was one of two people who staffed the Resource Development Committee of the Board, and at The Seattle Public Library Foundation I first supported the Board as their admin and the admin to the Executive Director, and later created content and reports for the Board. While I have not served on a Board myself, I intimately know the roles played by the administration and the role of the Board member. I have also written, reviewed, and edited policies and policy changes. I am very comfortable hitting the ground running as a school board member. I know Robert’s Rules of Order, how to effectively keep my personal life and work life separate, and how to actively listen to, and assimilate, public feedback while keeping a calm demeanor. I also actively practice listening to my fellow committee members/project team members

[ON DONATIONS]

If you should feel so moved to donate to me for my school board campaign, please redirect and give to an education focused org of your choice. I want to run without any cost to myself or you beyond about $100 in Facebook boosts to help get the word out. I don’t believe money should be involved in politics, and that starts with running for campaigns. Any money used is money that I currently have – any donations given to me for the campaign will be redirected to a non profit of the donor’s choice.

Here are some of my favorites to get you started: The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Friends of The Seattle Public Library, Solid Ground, First Place School,
College Success Foundation, Rainier Scholars, YMCA Powerful Schools, Year Up – Puget Sound, Percussion Farms and Preserves, FareStartYouthCare, Seattle Works, KUOW Public Radio, KEXP, KNKX Public Radio, KCBS, KCTS 9, Planned Parenthood, Legal Voice, League of Women Voters of the U.S., Town Hall Seattle, ACLU of Washington and United Way of King County (to name a few…haha). I have to stop now as there are just too many good ones!

[ON OTHER CANDIDATES]

If at any point during this campaign I believe that another candidate in my district would better serve our students, teachers, parents, and community members at large, I am happy to endorse them and support their effort. I believe that our schools need active, informed, and impartial leadership, and I will support the person I believe is the best candidate.

[ON COMMUNITY MEETINGS]

I would love any chance to hear from the community as to what matters most and what you hope the next four years could accomplish in public education in Seattle. You can email me at hello@citizenmeg.com to start a conversation. I’m also up to attend any community meetings, church services, PTA meetings – anywhere you’d like me to be to talk and hear your thoughts – I will do my best to be there.

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Contact Megan

Please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.