About Cherise

Hi, I'm a parent with 2 daughters in MDUSD schools, and I began my four year term on the MDUSD school board in December 2018. From 2017-18 I was the President and a Founder of MDUSD Education Foundation, a new nonprofit dedicated to funding quality education for ALL students in Mt Diablo School District.

For over twenty years I have dedicated my time to advocate for educational opportunities for all students. After earning my Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, I joined AmeriCorps*VISTA as a community organizer in affordable housing, helping start tutoring programs and connect parents who didn't speak English to their schools.

I met my husband Sandy, and we moved to Seattle, Washington, where I earned my Masters in Public Affairs in Education Policy and Nonprofit Management at the Evans School. I worked for League of Education Voters, where we ran statewide Initiative 884 - the Education Trust Fund, to increase state funding to public schools. My master's degree project was creating the funding formula for that initiative, which I designed as a weighted formula very similar to what is now our LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) here in California.

Here in Mt Diablo, I have volunteered in my own kids schools as well as in schools throughout the district, from running a reading program for struggling students in 10 schools in Concord & Bay Point, to leading the PFC at Walnut Acres.  My daughters run Inventors University at Concord Library, where girls teach girls computer coding.  

I am passionate about education, and I believe the best decisions are made when teachers, parents, and community members come together to find the best solutions for all students.  Join us!