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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Kim Trutane

Homemaker/School Volunteer
3,681 votos (28.22%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Continued Albany School Excellence. Our teachers, administration, students, school board, and involved parents have made Albany schools truly excellent. I will continue that forward trajectory by working responsibly, intelligently, and cooperatively
  • Improve communication between the Board and the Albany community. We need new channels of communication to reach busy parents and members of our community that don't have students in the schools.
  • Responsible oversight of school construction projects. We need to move forward on the AMS Annex because of the extreme crowding. However, we need to build smart, with input from all stakeholders, local experts, and teachers.



University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Ph.D. , Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (1992)

Actividades comunitarias

President, Co-President, and Financial Secretary, Marin Elementary School PTA (2011–current)
Co-chair, Yes on Measures B & E (2016–current)
Representative, Community Advisory Council (2014–2015)
President and member, Marin Elementary School Site Council (2011–2014)
Representative, Facilities Master Planning Configuration Committee (2013–2013)


I'm an Albany parent of a 6th and 10th grader and a dedicated school volunteer. Although I have a doctorate in molecular biology, I left the biotech world when my children came along. I've lived in Albany for 18 years, and for more than a decade, I have been deeply involved in the Albany schools.


My extensive volunteerism and commitment to Albany schools has earned the endorsement of every current school board member, as well as the Albany teacher's association executive board, Evolve California, a Prop 13 reform group, current and past mayors, and the Democratic Party.


My public service began at Albany Preschool, and includes several years of being PTA President at Marin, Marin Site Council President, AMS Writer Coach, community-wide committees such as the Community Advisory Council, Fundraising Advisory Committee and Facilities Master Planning Configuration Committee.


¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Democratic Party of Alameda County
  • Evolve California, Prop 13 Reform Organization
  • Albany Teacher's Association Executive Board

Individuos (83)

  • Holly Taines White
  • Gary and Helene Class
  • Rebecca Long and Josh Phillips
  • Yael Bloom
  • Theresa Bittner
  • June McDaniels
  • Jessica Cross
  • Jeanne and Stefan Cajina
  • Ebba de la Rosa and Francis Chapman
  • Abby and Sean Wentworth
  • Jon Pendleton and Michelle Gomez
  • Anna Collins
  • Jeannie Paulovich
  • Jenny Blattner
  • Joy Knott
  • Lisa Sully and Claudine McLaughlin
  • Janet Yokayama and Devin Fernandez
  • Sabrina Zirkel and Chris Simon
  • Edwin Park
  • Joanne Miller
  • Marcy Newman-Lauer
  • Tamara Keller
  • Elaine Holliman
  • Jonathan Knight and Marcia Belvin
  • Candace and Eric Renger
  • Laura and Jason Turbow
  • Rebecca Ahlfeldt
  • Joanie Rothstein
  • Kelley Callahan
  • Andrea Balazs
  • Erin Albert
  • Tsering Wangmo Bhutia
  • Aaron Leventhal
  • Stefanie Baldwin
  • Jan Eisland
  • Dave Miller
  • Shannon Huffaker
  • Stephanie Joffe
  • Susan Ferdun
  • Erin Shah
  • Emma Rosen and Val Menotti
  • Kat and Dave Bliss
  • Julie Patrusky
  • Constance Geisler
  • Juanita Rynerson
  • Seth Bain and Stephanie Marquet
  • Corrie and Dave Winnacker
  • Alison Seevak
  • Leslie Gray
  • Jen Mitchell and Adrian Randal
  • Rachel and Ginny Fontenot
  • Brigid Kennedy
  • Michela Azzariti and Claudio Privitera
  • Dorothe Piluso
  • Kris Matsuyama
  • Manisha Hariani
  • Anjali Aggarwal
  • Kirsten Piroth
  • Merry Selk
  • Adrienne Olmstead
  • Elisabeth Lamoreaux
  • Art Simon
  • Kavita Trivedi
  • Ewa Maris
  • Laura Lee and Bryon Barrett
  • Ozlem Ayduk and Rudy Mendoza-Denton
  • Jen Daly
  • Amy Paulsen
  • Joan Williams
  • Sarah Schoeder
  • Yvette Leung
  • Lynda Hornada
  • Elizabeth Branoff
  • Sara Marcellino
  • Kym Sterner
  • Mike and Monica Norton
  • Pete Maass, Marge Atkinson & Allan Maris, current and past Albany Mayors
  • Ross Stapleton-Gray, School Board Member
  • Pat Low, School Board Member, past BOE President
  • Charles Blanchard, School Board Member, past BOE President
  • Paul Black, School Board Vice President, past BOE President
  • Nick Pilch, City Council Member
  • Miriam Walden, past school board member and BOE President

Preguntas y Respuestas

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

My style of leadership is embodied by a phrase in the Democratic Party platform: "Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls."


I initiated regular meetings between the elementary PTA Presidents and district staff, and strengthened cooperation between the PTAs through joint efforts. A cooperative fundraising effort between elementary schools was established in the effort to promote equity. I took that to the next level and fostered cooperation with the other PTAs on several fronts. This brought us together, broke down an outmoded idea that we were in competition with each other, and allowed us to support each other's initiatives. I organized the 2014/15 School Board Reporters, district-wide parent volunteers who summarized School Board meetings for busy parents by posting summaries on the etrees. Cooperation, Unity, Empowerment, and, I must add--Participation are my bywords.


My support of safe, appropriately sized schools culminated with co-chairing the Yes On Measures B & E Committee; the role of the school board is to oversee those projects now. I want to make sure that we build the right schools for Albany, for a 21st century education, that fully utilize our teacher's on-the-ground knowledge of what they need to educate students. Getting the greatest possible value from our tax dollars is very important to me, as well as avoiding pitfalls we might have experienced in the past.  


Lastly, communication between the school district and the community needs improvement. Communication is a powerful bridge, and we need those bridges. I will work toward opening up authentic, user-friendly channels of communication and parents, community members, and students.


My experience and leadership is the basis on which I am asking for your vote.




Videos (1)

— October 10, 2016 League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters Panel, Oct. 5, 2016, and Albany City Hall. Candidates for City Council and for School Board presented. 

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