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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jeannie Hahn

11,541 votes (22.88%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safe Schools - Ensuring the safety and mental well-being of students
  • Successful Schools - Holding on to our high academic standards and exploring methods to improve our academic excellence
  • Fiscal Accountability - Transparent budget



Profession:Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Parent
7th VP & 6th VP, Ridgecrest Intermediate School PTA — Appointed position (2015–2017)
Air Conditioning Task Forces - Chair, Ridgecrest Intermediate School — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Air Conditioning Task Forces - Chair, Ridgecrest Intermediate School — Appointed position (2015–2016)
4th VP, 3rd VP, Reflection Chair, Assembly Chair, Honorary Service Aw, Soleado PTA — Appointed position (2006–2015)


University of Southern California PhD, Sociology of Marriage and Family Therapy (2003)
University of Southern California MA, Sociology (1999)
Loma Linda University MS, Marriage and Family Therapy (1994)
Califoirnia State University of Fullerton BA, Radio-Television and Film with minor in Business Administration (1990)

Community Activities

7th & 6th VP, Ridgecrest Intermediate School - PTA (2015–2017)
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products to the PVPUSD - Chair, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unifie School District (2016–2017)
Air Conditioning Task Forces - Chair, Ridgecrests Intermediate School (2015–2016)
4th VP, 3rd VP, Reflection Chair, Assembly Chair, Honorary Service Award C, Soleado PTA (2006–2013)


Dr. Jeannie Hahn is an active member of the Palos Verdes community. She and her husband, Dr. Walter Chung, with their two daughters, Sara and Charlotte, moved to Rancho Palos Verdes for the high performing schools and wonderful community. She has been a dedicated volunteer in the school district since her daughters started school over 11 years ago. Her youngest daughter attended Palos Verdes Hills Nursery School, where Jeannie served on their nursery school board. Her daughters have attended PVPUSD schools since kindergarten. Sara is a junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Charlotte is a 8th grader at Ridgecrest Intermediate School.  


Jeannie graduated from University of Southern California (USC) with a PhD in Sociology of Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has two masters’ degrees: a Master of Arts from USC for Sociology and a Master of Science from Loma Linda University for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her undergraduate degree is from Cal State Fullerton in Communications. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in working with children, teenagers, and families.  

Advocacy has been a passion for Jeannie for schools and the district. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs presented her an award for spearheading the initiative to have our school district start using green cleaning products. Jeannie and Terry Kamibayash, Head of Maintenance for PVPUSD, worked in collaboration to bring about a change in the type of cleaning products used in the district. Currently, the PVPUSD is using green cleaning products at every school site.   

Jeannie also led the Ridgecrest Air Condition Committee that lobbied the school district to address the high temperatures at Ridgecrest. This resulted in an A/C feasibility study and the installation of  cool water dispensers. Ridgecrest was the first school to have these dispensers. The A/C feasibility study shed light on the need to improve the electrical grid for the school. This upgrade is scheduled to occur this year. The study also included several other schools in the district that did not have A/C and examined their ability to house A/C.  


Volunteering at schools has helped Jeannie have insight on how the schools and the district operates. She has held various PTA Board positions, PTA Chairpersonships, and is a mentor for the PVPHS Robotics team. She has received several awards from PV schools and proudly supports the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF).  Her favorite volunteering position has been being a room mom for both her children. Jeannie believes that having "boots on the ground" or having children attending schools in the district has given her first hand knowledge to the joys, concerns, and issues that families face in their education journey


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Palos Verdes Special Education Parent Association
  • John Cruikshank, Councilman of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Susan Brooks, Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes

Organizations (1)

  • Palos Verdes Faculty Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Steven Zuckerman, Councilman of Rolling Hills Estates

Individuals (2)

  • Ann Shaw - Former Mayor/Councilperson of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Rod Uyeda – Former Chief of Police - Manhattan Beach, CA

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