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Natomas Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Lisa M. Kaplan

Governing Board Member, Natomas Unified School District
11,333 votes (30.99%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Take actions to make sure every child feels safe on our campuses to concentrate on learning
  • Expand technological learning opportunities and increase 21st Century into our classrooms
  • Lead the effort to continue the District's open communication and transparency in advocating students' first.



Profession:Education Attorney
C.E.O, Kaplan Law Group (2011–current)
Governing Board Member, Natomas Unified School District — Elected position (2002–current)
Assistant Executive Officer, State Allocation Board, Department of General Services (2009–2011)


McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (2000)
Seattle University Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (1997)

Community Activities

Founder, Kaplan4Kids Chromebook Scholarship (2013–current)
Member (President 2012-2013), Jewish Federation of Sacramento (2009–2016)
Member (President 2007-2011), Sacramento Greater Regional Chapter, California Women Lead (2007–2014)
Member (President 2002-2004), Natomas Rotary Club (2000–2011)


As your Natomas School Board trustee, I have worked tirelessly to ensure all our children are afforded numerous opportunities for academic success. I am a mom, and run my own education law firm. I bring my knowledge of law, policy, and budget experience to the Natomas School Board.  Over the past 4 years as your Board member, I've kept my promises, and hope to earn your vote this November.  Under my leadership on the Board, Natomas has: 

  • Increased Test Scores and moved significantly towards closing the achievement gap,
  • Highest Graduation rates in the County, 
  • Implemented new International Baccalaureate programs at Inderkum High School, Natomas Middle School, H.Allen Hight Elementary, and Paso Verde School. 
  • Expanded access to before and after School enrichment programs, 
  • Lowered class sizes and implemented districtwide full day kindergarten and TK programs at every school, 
  • Established safe, clean learning environments for all children, and
  • Maintained a balanced budget, with a healthy reserve.

The Next 4 years, I am committed to:

  • Bringing increased technology and 21st Century learning into our classrooms,
  • Fighting to make sure every child feels safe on our campuses to concentrate on learning,
  • Holding the District Accountable for expenditures that are tied to student success,
  • Leading the effort to continue the District's open communication and transparency in advocating students' first, 
  • Demanding equity and equality for all kids, and
  • Expanding new student College and Career Opportunities (e.g. I.B., Science, Engineering, Media, Culinary, Robotics and other programs).

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization Member & Candidate, CA State Treasurer
  • Supervisor Phil Serna

Elected Officials (5)

  • Betty Yee, CA State Controller
  • Jim Cooper, CA State Assemblymember
  • Steve Hansen, Jeff Harris & Eric Guerra, Sacramento City Councilmembers
  • Dr. Sue Heredia & Scott Dosick, Natomas School Board
  • Nancy Bui Thompson & Gregg Fishman, SMUD Board Members

Individuals (5)

  • Darrell Roberts, Roberts Family Development Center
  • Sonia Mercado, President, Inderkum IB / Natomas Sch Foundation
  • Yating Campbell, Parent, API Leader, Girl/Boy Scout Leader
  • Molly White Ibietatorremendia, Inderkum Boosters / Heron PTSA (former)
  • Sumiti Metha, Parent, PTA member NP3

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