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Alameda County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 5

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Lisa G. Brunner

Retired Aircraft Electrician
6,484 votes (17.14%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Equity: Every student deserves a fair and equitable education that includes both intervention and enrichment, culturally relevent curriculum, high expectations and success.
  • Stability: Maintain an awareness of financial budgets and operations throughout the county; and advocate on behalf of students at local, state, and national levels.
  • Stronger Adminstrative Oversight:Approve policies, regulations, and curriculum for schools and educational programs ran by ACOE; and keep the community informed.



Profession:Artist/muralist---Aircraft Electrician, ret.
Artist-Muralist, Star Arts LLC (2010–current)
1st Vice Commander American Legion Post 870, American Legion Post 870 Hayward, Ca — Appointed position (2008–current)
Hayward Unified School Board Trustee, Hayward Unified School Board — Elected position (2010–2018)
Succesor Agency/Redevelopement Oversite-HUSD Board Representative, City of Hayward Successor Agency — Appointed position (2010–2018)
MCBS/Medicare Beneficiary Study Interviewer, WESTAT Research (2001–2015)
City of Hayward Library Commissioner, City of Hayward — Appointed position (2005–2013)
P3 Flight Simulator Technician, Pulau Electronics (1997–1999)
Aircraft Electrical Leader-Modifications & in-Service Repair-ARIES,EP3C,A6E, NADEP Alameda, NAS Alameda, CA (1982–1996)
Tech-Sgt E5 Trainer-Air Data Computer Specialist-A4 & AV8A airc, United States Marine Corps (1976–1980)


Ashford University Bachelor of Arts, Socioloy (2017)
National Institute of Health Certificate, "Protecting Human Research Patients" (2017)
Institute for Local Government Certificate, AB 1234 Ethics Certificate (2013)
California School Boards Association Certificate, California School Boards Association - Masters in Governance (2012)
Chabot Community College Associate in Arts, General Education (1984)

Community Activities

Board Member-Secretary, Hayward Education Foundation (2019–current)
Committee Member-CBOC, Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee-Hayward Unified School District (2019–current)
Committee Member-School Usage Design Team, Hayward Unified School District (2020–current)
Community Representative, Hayward Promise Neighborhood-CSUEB (2013–current)
Active Member-Prior Block Captain, Neighborhood Alert-Hayward (1999–current)


My personal biography:(not includeed elsewhere in Voter's Edge)

-Some Personal Facts:

1)      United States Marine Corps 1976-1980 active duty—Aircraft Electrician, Tech. Sergeant  in-charge of training- Cherrypoint MCAS, NC. A4 & AV8A aircraft systems.

            A) Graduated Naval Aviation Technical Command, TN

B) USMC Reserves- 1981-1982—NAS Alameda, CA—Aircraft Tech Sgt in-Charge of Training

C)      American Legion Post 870- Hayward, Ca—Asst. Adjutant- since 2009

2)      I took eight –weeks to drive from North Carolina by way of New York and the Blue Ridge Parkway to New Orleans to get back to California.


3)      Aircraft Electrician for 25-years –P3 & EP3 aircraft systems (Navy equivalent of AWACS)-Have held Secret clearance-Modifications and In service repair.  Field contracts in places like: Rota Spain, Agana Guam, and Barbers Point Oahu for 3+ months at a time

4)      Since 2000, I have done contract work which allowed me the flexibility to become a very involved parent and advocate in HUSD while our oldest daughter attended Hayward High. I was part of PTSA , helped start the Athletic Boosters, joined SBDM, SSC, and the class of 2010 built the class float at our house their junior year. It is what I saw and experienced in the years between 1999-2010 that made me want to run for School  Board.  There were too many cuts in the classrooms. What existed for my older daughter did not exist for my younger daughter .

5)       In my spare time I completed a B.A. in Sociology in 2017. I paint ---oil on canvas and large scale acrylic murals. I started my own business, Highland Arts.

6)       I have been happily married for 29 years to my husband Christopher. We are the proud parents of two Hayward High graduates that went on to college with scholarships. One is a special education teacher, the other an executive. We have one grand-daughter that we would be proud to have attend Hayward schools!


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Teachers Association of Alameda County
  • Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Organizations (8)

  • Alameda County Teachers Association
  • Educators for Democratic Schools
  • Hayward Education Association
  • New Haven Teachers Association
  • Fremont Unified teachers Association
  • Oakland Education Association
  • San Leandro Teachers Association
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County

Elected Officials (14)

  • Sarabjit Kaur Cheema-NHUSD Board of Trustees
  • Robert Carlson-HUSD Board of Trustees
  • Ken Rawdon-HUSD Board of Trustees
  • Annette Walker-HUSD Board of Trustees-President
  • Paul Hodges-HARD Board of Directors
  • Linda Canlas-NHUSD Board of Trustees
  • Aisha Knowles-ACOE Board of Trustees area 4
  • Dr Marshall Mitzman-Board of Trustees, Chabot-Las Positas Community College
  • Senator Wieckowski
  • Assemblyman Rob Bonta
  • Richard Valle - Alameda County Board of Supervisors area 2
  • Aisha Wahab-City Council, Hayward
  • Jaime Patino-City Council, Union City
  • Tony Thurmond- California Superintendent of Schools

Individuals (6)

  • Pat Hodges-Personnel Commission HUSD
  • Andrea Peixoto -Personnel Commission HUSD
  • Donald Evans -BUSD Superintendent, RET.
  • Ginny DiMartini-AD20 Vice Chair, Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Valerie Cavaglia-Hayward Education Foundation, V.P.
  • Peter Bufete- Friends of the Hayward Library & Hayward Library Commissioner

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Education is the great Equalizer in life...

Position Papers

Alameda County Board of Education, Board Responsibilities


"In accordance with the California Education Code and other regulations and laws, the Alameda County Board of Education serves as the governing board for the schools and student services and programs operated by the County Superintendent of Schools. "

In accordance with the California Education Code and other regulations and laws, the Alameda County Board of Education serves as the governing board for the schools and student services and programs operated by the County Superintendent of Schools. The Board also:

  • Approves policies, regulations, and curriculum for the schools and educational programs operated by the County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Adopts rules and regulations governing the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Approves the annual budget of the County Superintendent of Schools and sets the Superintendent’s salary.
  • Receives the annual audit.
  • Maintains an awareness of financial conditions and operations of school districts in the county.
  • Approves the purchase or lease of property for County Office programs.
  • Acts as the County Committee on School District Organization which reviews changes in school district boundaries and trustee areas.
  • Serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion appeals, interdistrict attendance appeals, and Charter Schools.
  • Advocates on behalf of education on the local, county, state and national level.
  • Informs local communities about the programs and achievements of the County Office of Education.

Board Organization

The Alameda County Board of Education consists of seven members, each elected from a different area of the county. Board members are elected for four-year terms and must be registered voters in their respective areas. A president and a vice-president are elected by the Board at its annual reorganization meeting in July.

A quorum of four members is required to conduct official business.

My Political Philosophy on Education- Education is the Great equalizer in Life


My political philosophy on education is: Education is the great equalizer in life!

My political philosophy on education is "equality"; Education is the great equalizer in life. In a democracy we are all obligated to keep public education "free", 'available to all", and "we must always strive to improve the quality of education in our schools". I have always been a civically active parent that believes in publice education. Our two daughters graduated from Hayward High School in Hayward, California. Our educational system is based on the Greek Ideal of "mind, body, and soul". A-G requirements (basics = mind) + Physical Education (body) + Music, Art, Philosophy/Literature (electives-Soul) for a well-rounded quality education. Equity ensures culturally releveny curriculum and both intervention and enrichment for all students. I believe in having expectations of our students, students need to know we have faith in their success, and their success and achievements should be recognized.

I fully support the Democratic party's stance on education: "Provide an excellent and equitable education for all students, ...". I also support the Democratic Party's stance on Culture and Arts; "Restore arts and humanities efforts at all educational levels. 

I believe when our local school districts reach their full potential for all and are held accountable, our students, educators, and community benefits".

Proven Leadership Skills and Abilities to understand and address the challeges of the Alameda County School Districts...


I have the proven leadership skills and abilities to understand and address the challenges of the Alameda County School Districts. My leadership skills and abilities span military, employment, volunteerism and elected office; I have always improved the conditions of whatever situation I have been involved in. 

I have the proven leadership skills and abilities to understand the challenges of the Alameda County School Districts. My leadership skills and abilities span military, employment, volunteerism, and elected office. My board of education experience includes 8-years as an elected member of the Hayward Unified School Board (2010-2018). During that time I learned how districts and school boards conduct business, including how to oversee the educational needs of all students. Improving the working conditions of educators and the learning conditions of students was a main objective. Some of my accomplishments include: positive certification, the re-instatement of art and music, increased before and after school programs, introduction of “Safe and Inclusive Schools Program” and, introduction of career pathways, “Engineering” and “Biomedical”. I understand budgets and know financial stability is necessary in all aspects of education. I believe hard work and dedication results in improved education and improved educational opportunities for our students which results in an improved future for everyone.


As a civically active parent of Hayward High School graduates I served as PTSA President, helped start the Hayward High Athletic Boosters and the Hayward High Museum. I have also volunteered on several bond and parcel tax committees for Hayward schools, libraries and city services. I also served 8-years on the Hayward Library Commission, and as HUSD Representative for City of Hayward Successor Agency. I serve/served on various citizens’ advisory committees:  Hayward Promise Neighborhood/HPN since 2012, Highlands Neighborhood Task Force, Neighborhood Watch, etc. Hayward Education Foundation Secretary, and continue to support HUSD as a member of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, and School Usage Design Team. As a Marine Corps Veteran I serve as 1st Vice Commander, American Legion Post 870 Hayward. 

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