Michelle Parker is a public school parent of three children who lives with her family in the Richmond District. She has lived in San Francisco for nearly 20 years.
A Democrat, Michelle has been an effective voice and advocate for public school families since her children started Sherman Elementary in Kindergarten and she began volunteering in the classroom. A product of public schools herself, Michelle brings a public school family’s first-hand experience to the San Francisco Board of Education.
Michelle’s advocacy on behalf of public school families is guided by her unwavering belief that investing in public education is the key to improving opportunities for economic mobility and strengthening our communities.
Michelle Served as the Second District PTA President, Supporting 65 PTAs Across San Francisco’s School District.
Through Michelle’s efforts in her six years on the district PTA executive board, parents strengthened their advocacy and leadership skills, participated in campaigns to grow funding and improve issues affecting their students, formed broad city-wide coalitions, and met with state reps, creating a stronger voice for the public school community.
Michelle Demanded Local Elected Leaders Focus on Solutions to Increase School Funding.
During the 2007-2009 recession, Michelle and fellow parents organized the Funding Our Future Town Hall attended by over 1,000 parents and community members, which brought the Mayor, the Board of Education President, the Superintendent, representatives of United Educators of San Francisco and other decision makers together to discuss increased funding for our schools, in the face of a projected $113 million budget cut.
Michelle Strengthened the Voice of Parents at City Hall.
Michelle is the co-founder of the SF Parent PAC, established to elevate the voice of parents at City Hall, and make San Francisco more family friendly. She successfully helped make After School for All a reality with policies passed at both the school district and the city. She successfully advocated for smaller class sizes in 8th grade math, math coaches in middle schools, and district goals to ensure policy is producing the desired student outcomes. Michelle also led the way for family issues to be a main topic of concern in the last mayoral election.
Connecting State and Local Policy.
Michelle has served on numerous statewide committees and task forces to advocate for better education policy in Sacramento and to provide parents with tools to be effective advocates for the children and their communities. Most recently, she served on the CAPTA LCAP Task Force, designing materials and tools for parent leaders, and leading training session for parents across the state so they would know how and where to use their voice in their district’s budget development process, ensuring resources are allocated to meet the needs of all students.
A Record of Serving our Community.
Michelle leads by example and her passion to improve San Francisco’s public schools for every student and family. Some of Michelle’s work includes:
- President (2017) and VP (2013-2017) of the Performing Art Workshop Board of Directors, serving 100 Bay Area schools, focused on underserved communities. PAW will soon be housed in the Geneva Powerhouse and Car Barn in the Excelsior providing onsite, low-cost/free arts programming for youth.
- California State PTA Board of Managers, Education Commission, and LCAP Task Force, 2011-2016
- Second District PTA Legislation Chair, President, and VP of Communication, 2009-2015
- SFUSD LCAP Task Force, 2014-2015
- SF Recreation and Parks Department Failing Playgrounds Task Force, 2014
- Prop C (Renewal of Children’s Fund and PEEF), 2012-2014 San Francisco, Stakeholder Council and Community Coalition
- Prop E (Sugar-sweetened Beverage Tax), 2014 San Francisco, Principal Officer and Steering Committee
- SFUSD Quality Teacher and Education Act ($34M/yr Parcel Tax) Oversight Committee, Co-Chair, 2010-2014
- Presidio Middle School, School Site Council, Chair, 2012-2014
- California Statewide Pupil Assessment Review Panel, Member, Appointee of CA Speaker of the House, John Perez, 2010-2013
- SFUSD Quality Middle School Initiative Community Engagement, Planner and Facilitator, 2011
- Prop A SFUSD 2011 Facilities Bond Measure Campaign, Field Organizer
- Emerge California, Class of 2011
Michelle currently works for KQED as the Associate Director of Foundation Support.