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Davis Joint Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Susan Lovenburg

Trustee
16 votes (31.37%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Recruiting and retaining high quality educators
  • Lowering the cost of health benefits to increase access
  • Investing in facilities to improve school learning environments

Experience

Experience

Profession:Director, California Forward
Director, Partnership for Economic Prosperity, California Forward (2010–current)
Trustee, Davis Joint Unified School District — Elected position (2007–current)

Education

Cornell University Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources (1981)

Community Activities

Delegate, California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly (2010–current)
President, Yolo County School Boards Association (2013–2014)
President , Davis Joint Unified School District (2011–2012)

Biography

Susan Lovenburg is a 19-year resident of Davis.  She has been a trustee of the Davis Joint Unified School District since 2007.

Susan with daughters - Sarah, Meg and EmmaSusan has three daughters, ages 18, 20 and 26.  The youngest daughter graduated from Davis High this June and will attend the University of San Francisco in the fall.  Susan’s middle daughter is a junior at Willamette University and her oldest lives and works in Los Angeles, having graduated from UC San Diego in 2012.

A longtime parent volunteer prior to her election to the School Board, Susan has continued her community service as a member of Soroptimist International of Davis and a board member for Yolo CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Together with city, county and school elected representatives and community members, Susan co-founded Saving California Communities to advocate for state governance reforms, as well as the Yolo County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Susan is past president of the Yolo County School Boards Association and a member of the delegate assembly of the California School Boards Association.  She recently served on CSBA’s Legal Alliance Adequacy Committee and currently serves on the 2016 Annual Education Conference Planning Committee.

In 2011, Susan joined the staff of California Forward, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization working to identify common sense steps Californians can take to make government work. CA Fwd accomplishes this through broad consultation and analysis of critical problems facing the state, and then identifies nonpartisan reforms that can make a difference.  Susan serves as director of the Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and manages the California Economic Summit project.  In partnership with CSBA, she also staffs a Local Control Funding Formula Collaborative of fifteen school districts and two county offices of education.  The Collaborative meets four times a year working through challenges and barriers to successful implementation of the LCFF.

Susan holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a master of library science from Syracuse University.  She completed the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance program in 2011, and continues to participate in experienced board member training.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Davis Enterprise
  • Davis Teachers Association
  • Classified Employees Association, Local Chapter 572

Organizations (1)

  • Yolo County Democratic Central Committee

Elected Officials (2)

  • Delaine Eastin, California Superintendent of Public Instruction (former)
  • Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Susan Lovenburg:

Together will Davis Joint Unified School District administration and community volunteers, I lead an effort to create an online budget information site known as District Dollars (http://www.districtdollars.org/).  This has been updated every year for six consecutive years and provides information on how community members can connect to the district's Local Control and Accountability planning process.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe a healthy society cares for all its children and provides the opportunity for each to soar.

I fully embrace the values of the Davis Joint Unified School District, adopted by our Davis School Board.  We believe: Every human being is unique and has inherent value.  We are connected and have responsibility to ourselves, one another, and the whole.  A community has responsibility for the well-being of its members.  Education is a fundamental right.  Trust is essential to healthy relationships.  Diverse perspectives enrich our community.  Every person deserves to be treated with respect.

I am honored to have served on the Davis Board of Education since 2007, helping to lead exciting, positive changes in our schools amid challenging times. 

In collaboration with Davis educators and community members, our leadership:  Created a strategic plan – updated every year – which sets our vision and the roadmap to achieve our goals for student success.  Engaged parents, educators and community leaders in developing budget priorities.  Invested critical resources in teachers and technology, enhancing classroom instruction with more creativity and critical thinking to meet the learning needs of every student 

We now define student success more broadly than academic achievement.  We strive for social and emotional well-being, as well as college and career readiness.  Strong community partnerships help us close the opportunity gap for children and families in Davis.

I am proud of our progress, but there is more to do.  Should I continue my service on the School Board, my focus will be on:  Recruiting and retaining high quality educators.  Lowering the costs of health benefits to increase access for everyone.  Improving school climate and working conditions through early stage mediation of conflict.  Investing in facilities to improve school learning environments.  Advocating for adequate funding for public education

I am deeply motivated to contribute the knowledge, relationships, and experience I’ve gained so that Davis schools excel and, most importantly, so that every child succeeds. 

For more information on my priorities, I invite you to visit www.SusanLovenburg.org, or contact me at susan.lovenburg@gmail.com.

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