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Redondo Beach Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Dan Elder

5,273 votes (16%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safely reopen our schools and focus on recovering from the impacts of the pandemic
  • Ensure long-term fiscal strength for the district
  • Foster continued partnership and collaboration by the entire educational community



Profession:Senior Engineer
Senior Engineer, Novacoast (2001–current)
Chair, Planning Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Chair, RBUSD Measure Q Bond Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Vice-Chair, Recreation and Parks Commission — Appointed position (2014–2016)
IT Analyst, Manhattan Beach Unified School District (1998–1999)


U.C.S.B. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Computer Science (2002)

Community Activities

Chair, Lincoln Elementary School Site Council (2018–current)
Secretary, Adams Middle School Site Council (2020–current)
Executive Board (Legislative Chair and Mascot), Lincoln Elementary PTA (2017–current)
Board of Directors, AYSO Region 17 (2015–current)
Board of Directors, AYSO Region 18 (2013–2015)


I’m a parent of 3rd and 6th graders in RBUSD and I’m running for the RBUSD Board of Education because elections have consequences and we need experienced leaders who know how to work with the entire educational community.  I’m running to ensure our schools provide the best education possible for all our children. My wife and I grew up in the South Bay and have been part of this community our entire lives.


With a degree in Computer Science and career in IT, I understand how difficult distance learning has been and the importance of in-person education. I understand the social and emotional loss our families have been through and the learning loss we need to recover from. I believe that community support for our schools is critical to the success of our children and will strive to ensure the continued cooperation of our entire school community. 


More than ever during these difficult times it's critical to have seasoned leaders who know how to work with competing interests and find pragmatic solutions to the incredible challenges we face. I’m a candidate who can work with and represent everyone to build on and enhance the educational excellence of our schools.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Raymur Flinn, Vice President of RBUSD Board of Education
  • Brad Serkin, President of RBUSD Board of Education
  • Anita Avrick, Former President of RBUSD Board of Education

Organizations (1)

  • Redondo Beach Teachers Association

Elected Officials (6)

  • Michael Christensen, Member of RBUSD Board of Education
  • Brad Waller, Member of RBUSD Board of Education
  • Laura Emdee, Redondo Beach City Councilmember for District 5
  • John Gran, Redondo Beach City Councilmember for District 4
  • Christian Horvath, Redondo Beach City Councilmember for District 3
  • Jane Diehl, President of Beach Cities Health District Board of Directors

Individuals (7)

  • Matt Kilroy, Former Redondo Beach City Councilmember for District 5
  • Gentil Smith
  • Tonya McKenzie
  • Heather Willoughby
  • Dale Petrulis
  • Timilie Losq
  • Sondi Kroeger

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Unprecedented problems challenge the District's hard earned reputation for exceptional academic achievement.

My track record reflects a commitment to fair, pragmatic solutions that balance conflicting priorities. With the broad support of parents, teachers, and elected leaders citywide I believe I can win this election and keep our District moving forward.

The Board should serve as the primary public forum for discussion of educational issues.  Community input is indispensable, we cannot make decisions in a vacuum.

Our primary goal right now should be to recover from the impacts of the pandemic on our school community.  We know that distance learning is bad for children, for parents, and for teachers.  For too long it’s been the least bad option available. Reversing the consequences of this horrific pandemic will require:

  • Mitigating learning loss
  • Addressing the psychological impact of social and emotional distress

We need a comprehensive, data driven solution. Reliable data enables us to identify real problems and invest in the appropriate responses with confidence. Comprehending the extent of academic, social, and emotional trauma informs

  • solutions to support teachers, students, families, and administrators
  • the allocation of resources to solve underlying problems, not mere symptoms

We need to safely reopen schools so our kids can thrive again.

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