I am grateful I had the opportunity to run for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education to continue and expand the work I’ve been doing to support our public schools over the past 15 years. It was both an amazing and humbling experience. I am deeply appreciative of all you did to support this campaign. You showed up, told your friends and family about me, hosted events, and generously gave your time, expertise and resources to advance our shared goals. I am so grateful for you and for the friendships we formed. Thank you also to my incredible family for their love and encouragement and to my dear friends who were there for me on the good and hard days. I have one more request for you: Please stay engaged. What happens in our public schools affects every single one of us. We need our kids to graduate from our schools able to think critically, to solve the challenges facing their communities, and to contribute thoughtfully and meaningfully in whatever spaces they are a part of for the rest of their lives. The quality of our public schools directly impacts the strength and health of our communities. There are monumental challenges facing the San Francisco Unified School District over the next few years related to the pandemic, the budget and the opportunity gap, and it is going to be critical for every single one of us to continue paying attention, showing up, and working together to make sure each and every student in SFUSD experiences a high quality education throughout all of it. While I feel worried about what lies ahead, I also feel confident that there is a path forward in all of the challenges we face as a community. I know that we can come together, joined by our shared values to improve the lives of everyone in our communities, and find solutions that make us collectively stronger, better, and more compassionate. I believe that as we listen more, and as we actively try to be curious about other people’s experiences, we will get there. Thank you again for joining me on this journey.