I have known Veronica Thigpen for several years. We first met through the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee. I was impressed that she stepped up to lead the MLK Day celebration and gathering as a new member of the organization and of our community. The two MLK Day events she organized and led were extremely successful. They were standing-room only and the program not only celebrated the work and vision of Martin Luther King Jr., it grounded the ideas of racial justice and equity within our community.
Personally, I appreciated her dedication to opening the events with a recognition that we were on land which once belonged to the indigenous people of the east bay, the Ohlone. To me this showed her commitment to the inclusion of the diverse people that live and work in our community. I am voting for Veronica for the school board because I believe that she will take the initiative, leadership, and dedication that she demonstrated through those events together with her focus on equity and inclusion and use those to lead education in Piedmont in the direction it needs to go.
Please join me in voting for Veronica Thigpen.