Chong Wang is the latest local resident to seek one of three open seats on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.
For the past six years, the high-tech worker and his family have called Pleasanton home and played an important role in a number of projects in the community.
Now the married father of two wants to bring that same energy to the school board, where he said his focus would be "to maintain district health and safety, sustain fiscal soundness, and improve communication and support for teachers, parents and students."
Wang said he and his wife, An, chose to live in Pleasanton for its "safety, small-town charm and excellent schools" that he cares about preserving.
“I am privileged to have had opportunities to give back to the schools and community that we love,” Wang said. “I want to further contribute to Pleasanton’s amazing schools as a board trustee. As the father of school-aged children, I believe I am uniquely poised to bring forward insights about school decisions from my perspective as a parent and with my experience as a technology leader."
If elected, Wang would be a newcomer to the responsibilities of trustee, but he referred to his lengthy resume for evidence of someone who's ready to tackle those challenges. Wang has been active with PUSD's Bond Oversight Committee, and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.
With more than 20 years as a high-tech professional in various technical and managerial roles, Wang has taken on multiple leadership and volunteer positions, including as a current member of the district's Superintendent Budget Committee and "road warrior" for the Amador Valley High School marching band to which his older son belongs.
Additionally, Wang has extended his assistance beyond the district by organizing donation drives during the Camp Fire in 2018. Wang also recently lent a hand by acquiring and delivering thousands of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for Pleasanton city staff members.
Wang said he wants to ensure that students also stay safe and continue effectively learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why he implored the current board to close all 15 sites back in February, several weeks before the county order to shelter at home was issued.
“It is critical that we explore innovative ways of teaching while keeping teachers, students, and staff in a safe environment,” Wang said. “It is essential we leverage the benefits of new technologies and tools to constantly advance our policies in adapting to this unprecedented situation. I can bring my technology experience to help create solutions.”
Board President Steve Maher and Trustee Jamie Yee are among the other contenders, as well as Youth Commission adult member Kelly Mokashi, for the three at-large PUSD board seats on the Nov. 3 ballot. Trustee Valerie Arkin is running for City Council instead of re-election, so at least one school board seat is guaranteed to change hands.
Should Wang win, he promises to "foster a lasting, positive learning environment in our community."
"Together, we can provide students with full access to a high-quality education system, enabling them to pursue their chosen path post-graduation," he added.
To learn more about Wang’s candidacy, visit www.chong4PUSD.com.