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San Juan Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Zima Creason

Nonprofit CEO/Parent
42,796 votes (26.09%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Represent the parent voice
  • Expand mental health services and supports for students and staff.
  • For all students to graduate college or career ready regardless of zip code.

Experience

Experience

Profession:President & CEO
President & CEO, Mental Health America of California (2006–current)
Member, Sacramento County Children's Coalition — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, CA Department of Education Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup — Appointed position (2016–current)

Education

University of Phoenix MBA (current)

Community Activities

Friends Committee Member, My Sister's House (2017–current)
Member, National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Steering Committee Member (2018–current)
Member, Star View Children and Family Services Board of Directors (2018–current)

Biography

Parent Leader & Advocate for Students 

Zima Creason, MBA is the right choice for the San Juan Unified School Board.  She serves as the President and CEO of Mental Health America of California and has worked in the mental health policy, advocacy, and education field for over 17 years.

Zima serves in the following volunteer capacities in the community:

• Member, Sacramento County Children’s Coalition 

• Member, California Department of Education Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup  

• Advisory Committee Member, My Sister’s House (a domestic violence and human trafficking shelter program)

• Member, National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Steering Committee Member   

• Member, Star View Children and Family Services Board of Directors 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Sacramento Bee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County
  • California School Employees Association, Chapter 127

Organizations (15)

  • American Postal Workers Union - Sacramento Area Local 0066
  • American River Democrats
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento
  • Fem Dems Sacramento
  • Women Democrats of Sacramento County
  • JFK Democratic Club of Sacramento County
  • Town and Country Democratic Club
  • Black Young Democrats of Sacramento
  • Latinx Young Democrats of Sacramento County
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Green Dems of Sacramento County
  • Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento
  • Rainbow Chamber PAC
  • Arab American Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council

Elected Officials (17)

  • Senator Holly Mitchell, 30th California Senate District
  • Gregg Fishman, SMUD Board
  • Genevieve Shiroma, SMUD Board
  • Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
  • Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
  • Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
  • Rick Jennings, Sacramento City Council
  • Dave Tamayo, SMUD Board
  • Darrel Woo, Sacramento County Unified School District Board of Education
  • Jay Hansen, Sacramento County Unified School District Board of Education
  • Orlando Fuentes, Cosumnes Community Services District Board Member & Elk Grove City Council Candidate
  • Kathy Stricklin, Fulton El Camino Recreation & Park District Board Member
  • Michael Seaman, Fulton El Camino Recreation & Park District Board Member
  • Angelique Ashby, Sacramento City Council
  • Assemblymember Mark Stone, 29th California Assembly District
  • Fiona Ma, California Board of Equalization, Former California Assemblymember
  • Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce PAC

Individuals (2)

  • Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Run DMC
  • Cambi Brown, Reporter

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As our advocate on the San Juan School Board, Zima will:

• Represent our parent stakeholders – No current SJUSD Board Member has a child attending a district school

• Apply her expertise in mental health education and policy to build psychologically healthy, safe, and supportive learning environments for students, and workplaces for teachers, staff, and administrators 

• Empower student stakeholders to have a meaningful role in the determination of onsite and district policies, practices, and curriculum

• Prioritize student safety including cyber safety, after school traffic, and safety from school violence

• Ensure transparency – Even when things go wrong, even when it is hard

• Expand efforts to improve academic performance.  Less than half of students in grades 3 - 11 are meeting standards in English Language and math

Videos (2)

— October 4, 2018 Zima Creason for SJUSD Board Member 2018

Intro to Zima Creason.

— October 31, 2018 Zima Creason for SJUSD Board Member 2018

Information on tax spending and academic performance. 

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