Santa Clara Connections: County Supervisor candidate Susan Ellenberg
Editor’s Note: In 2018, there will be an election to replace County Supervisor Ken Yeager who is finishing his final term. The district includes Santa Clara. So we will ask candidates to share with us their connection to Santa Clara in 300 words or so. Susan Ellenberg submitted the following. Other candidates will be offered the same opportunity, too, and we’ll print their information in the coming weeks.
I’m running for Santa Clara County Supervisor to continue the work that I’ve done to help children and families in our county. I’m proud of what we have accomplished for our schools, but I know we can do more.
As Vice President of the San Jose Unified School District, I’m bringing the school district and the community together to support student success. We instituted free SAT exams for every junior and secured $5 million in additional funding for teachers and staff.
As Senior Director for Community Development at The Silicon Valley Organization, I’m facilitating social justice learning and engagement opportunities for business, nonprofit and public sector leaders. I planted the seed that became Strive San Jose, which connects local high school students with paid summer internships, and expanded programs for women and seniors.
On the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, I’m advocating for equal pay for all our county residents, greater resources for victims of sexual violence, and a criminal justice system that focuses on keeping families together and supporting successful re-entry.
I have worked as an attorney, an educator, and a community advocate, and I have deep roots in our community. I’m a mentor to high school students through the Lincoln High School Future Visions Program, a member of Children’s Vision Council, and a local Rotarian.
My husband Steve is a Willow Glen native. We began our life together in San Jose almost thirty years ago and raised our three children here. Now, I want to ensure that more families have opportunities for success. We can do more to improve our county for everyone. That means housing people can afford, a transportation system that works, good public schools and quality, stable healthcare.
I know we can do better, together. I hope you will join me.
Vice President, San Jose Unified School District