Brent Lee: Riverside Unified School District Board of Trustees Candidate

Brent Lee: Riverside Unified School District Board of Trustees Candidate

I’d like to tell you why I want to serve on the RUSD Board of Trustees.

brent_leeI am a Riverside native. My wife, Ana, and I are products of the RUSD school system. Our son Henry has started pre-K this year and our youngest son, Felix, will be entering RUSD schools in the future. My undergraduate degree is in economics and international relations and I have completed my M.B.A. at the UC Riverside, Anderson Graduate School of Management.

I am a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside program in 2007. I have served on the City of Riverside’s Charter Review Committee, the City’s Parking, Traffic and Streets Commission, and the City’s International Relations Council Board of Directors. I have also served on the YWCA Board and California Baptist University Board of Vistors. Currently I serve as a board member for Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery and Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation.

Ana and I, and several of our like minded friends, found there was little engagement among young professionals to promote civic involvement and leadership development. We helped create the Pick Group of Young Professionals in 2007 to fill this gap in our community. The Pick Group today is recognized as one of the most influential and effective young professionals organization in the Inland Empire. The mission of the Pick Group is to provide opportunities for career-minded young professionals to connect socially, develop professionally, and engage civically for the betterment of Riverside. Last year through our annual “Pick and Pledge” community service drive, our group engaged the community to commit almost 10,000 volunteer hours back to our community.

That’s what you’ll find on my resume. Beyond these credentials, is my love of my hometown and faith in its potential. The foundation of our community’s success, is a comprehensive education for all Riverside’s students regardless of background, ethnicity, socio-economic status or aptitude. We must be innovative, creative and forward thinking to ensure all students are prepared for life after high school.

Together, let’s work for:

• Smaller class sizes
• Increased high school graduation rates
• Promote Career and Technical education
• Improve our college going rates

This election is not about selecting an administrator to tell us what is best for our schools. Instead, voters will choose a representative to be an advocate to engage all stakeholders: teachers, administrators, parents and their children. Given my education background and community involvement, I believe I am best suited to this task.

For the first time in 40 years the way our schools are funded is changing. The State is now providing us with local control of funding for our schools. As a district we can now allocate resources to help improve our school’s needs. I would like to be a collaborative leader that will listen to residents as we implement our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the RUSD. I will bring a diverse group of stakeholders together to help hold our district accountable to our students and the community.

It is time for positive change, new ideas, and a fresh perspective on our school board. I want to represent the next generation of young Riversiders that chose to live, work, and raise their families here.

I would appreciate your support and your vote this November 5th.

Please contact me to learn more about my role as your future representative on the RUSD Board of Trustees at: Brent@LEEforRUSD Cell phone: (951) 534-5034 Facebook – Twitter

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