Over the last five years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing Ruchi Medhekar and working together with her as co-room parents and during her time as VP and President of Beach Parents Organization. Based on those experiences, I enthusiastically endorse her for school board.
Beyond Beach, Ruchi has been very active with district-wide initiatives and in the greater Piedmont community. Her experiences serving on PUSD’s Tri-School Site Council, the LCAP committee, Budget Advisory Committee as well as being on the board of the Piedmont Education Foundation have provided opportunities for her to learn about district operations, build consensus among different stakeholders, and develop a strong understanding of our community’s challenges and opportunities. Along with her peers in the Piedmont Recreation Commission, earlier this week she voted for the creation of a subcommittee to explore how Schoolmates can best serve the needs of families.
However, the impact Ruchi has made in Piedmont extends well beyond her official resume. For example, because of her dedication to academic excellence and her desire to build an inspiring environment where students and teachers thrive, she has proactively elevated experts’ voices (for example in literacy) to explore how we can best serve our students in the district. Ruchi takes the time to educate herself, ask thoughtful questions, and truly listen before coming to a conclusion. Once informed, Ruchi’s passionate and collaborative approach puts people at ease and makes her a highly successful advocate.
Above all, Ruchi is an amazing human. I am beyond lucky to call her a friend and couldn’t think of a better person to help Piedmont continue to earn its reputation for exceptional education. Join me in voting for Ruchi as our next school board member.