Current Davis School Board president Susan Lovenburg announced that she will run for re-election in November.
She has been on the board since 2007, when she received the most votes out of four candidates in that election.
“Despite the difficult economic times in which I have served, my commitment to public education is unwavering,” said Lovenburg in a statement. “I would like to build on the knowledge and experience I have gained to continue serving Davis students.”
Lovenburg is one of two candidates up for reelection in November. The other candidate, Richard Harris, announced that he will not run. He plans to on his way out, though.
Here's more about Lovenburg from her reelection announcement:
Lovenburg has made budget transparency a central focus, having worked with volunteers to develop www.DistrictDollars.org, a web-based, interactive program to help community members understand the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) budget situation.
As a member of the Board Policy Subcommittee, she worked closely with fellow trustee Sheila Allen to develop fundraising and homework policy recommendations to ensure equitable opportunities for all students. As liaison to the Davis Bridge Foundation, she has supported the organization’s partnership with DJUSD to improve the academic achievement of low-income Davis students.
“I continue to be inspired by the many who serve our community,” said Lovenburg. “It is crucial that those making decisions have a vested interest in our schools and knowledge of the challenges that face us.”
Lovenburg is a 15-year resident of Davis. She has three daughters, ages 14, 16 and 22. The youngest daughter attends Emerson Jr. High, another will be a junior at Davis Senior High School and her eldest recently graduated from UC San Diego.
A longtime parent volunteer prior to her election to the School Board, Lovenburg has continued her community service as a member of Soroptimist International of Davis, a board member for Yolo CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and a co-founder of Saving California Communities, a group of Yolo community members who advocate for state governance and budget reform.
Lovenburg is a five-year member and past president of the Yolo County School Boards Association and a member of the delegate assembly of the California School Boards Association.
Since March 2011, Lovenburg has been Sacramento partnerships coordinator for 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. Lovenburg was recently appointed director of the California Forward Partnership for Economic Prosperity.
Lovenburg 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.