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Redondo Beach Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jerome Chang

Architect/Business Owner
4,737 votes (14.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • School reopening safety must consider both students and staff.
  • College and career readiness is a long journey. I understand this as an immigrant and public school graduate and obtained 3 Ivy League degrees. It’s all possible.
  • The student body is already diverse but curriculum, faculty/admin, and policies have not yet reflected this student diversity.



Profession:Architect, small business owner
Founder, BLANKSPACES (2008–current)
Architect, CODAspaces (2007–current)


Harvard University Master in Architecture, Architecture (2003)
Cornell University Master in Engineering, Structural Engineering (1995)
Cornell University Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering (1994)

Community Activities

Founder, officer, League of Extraordinary Coworking ( (2011–current)
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1989–current)
Certified, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2019–current)


A few years ago, I became more aware of politics and current events. I privately sought a way to be involved locally that could make a big impact. Pre-pandemic, I had underestimated the role of schools within the greater community. After the pandemic started, I quickly realized how significantly schools impacted everyday community life. I felt compelled to come off the sidelines, and decided to just jump in.

I am your independent, crossover candidate. I have no entrenched ties to any group nor am focused on just 1-2 issues; instead, I am in the trenches with everyone:

  • I am your teacher's husband: my wife of 10 years, Denise, has been a teacher in TUSD for 20 years; my brother and sister-in-law are teachers.
  • I am your educator: with a bachelor of science and master of engineering from Cornell and architecture from Harvard, I taught at Otis College, UCLAx, and FIDM.
  • I am your small business owner: I founded BLANKSPACES coworking; my parents were small business owners.
  • I am your parent: I have 2 kids who attend Tulita Elementary.
  • I am your community leader: I have led community organizations for decades ever since becoming an Eagle Scout.
  • I am your community responder: I am certified as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) by the City of LA.

I listen to all sides, because I've been on all sides.

I listen, learn, then lead.

A vote for me is a vote for us.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Organizations (1)

  • Redondo Beach Teachers Association ("teachers union")

Elected Officials (3)

  • Jane Diehl, Former Member, Redondo Beach Board of Education
  • Stephen McCall, School Board President, Hermosa Beach City School District
  • Jason Boxer, member, Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education

Individuals (2)

  • Mark Narain, treasurer, Resolute Academy Charter School
  • Dr. Alice Kuo, Professor and Chief, UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics; sole doctor in the RBUSD Reopening Think Tank Committee

Videos (1)

Intro Video — February 8, 2021 Jerome Chang for RBUSD Board 2021

Meet me through my video, since we can't meet in-person.

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