The South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) board of trustees formally welcomed Amanda Anthony as a new member during the body’s December 15 meeting.
Ms. Anthony won 70% of the vote in the November 8 election and will serve until 2026.
Previously, Anthony worked as a performance management consultant for the Chicago Public Schools from 2008 to 2011, analyzing data to improve program effectiveness. She also lived in Poland for 10 years, where she taught English as a second language (ESL) from 2011 to 2015 and ran her own business from 2015 to 2020.
She is currently a program manager at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, which helps individuals open small businesses to achieve financial self-sufficiency.
Despite only recently moving to South San Francisco, Anthony is familiar with the Bay Area, having served as an Education Pioneers fellow in the Oakland Unified School District in 2007.
“Though I am fairly new to South San Francisco, the truth is I have embraced the community through my work, and I am excited about ensuring the schools meet our community's needs,” Anthony said. “I want to get more resources in our classrooms and create better opportunities for all our kids to be successful in school and life.”
Anthony holds a bachelor’s of science in chemistry and a bachelor’s of arts in political science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
She received endorsements from the San Mateo Daily Journal, the South San Francisco Classroom Teachers Association, and former California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore and Congressman-elect Kevin Mullin.
“We congratulate Trustee-elect Anthony on her successful election to the school board,” said SSFUSD Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore, “We are looking forward to working with her.”
SSFUSD serves the communities of Daly City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno.
The district is home to a highly regarded science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program and more than 8,000 students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.