Letter to the Editor | Ruchi Medhekar’s leadership skills were honed during the pandemic

We are writing to enthusiastically endorse Ruchi Medhekar for School Board. As we have the good fortune of being Ruchi’s next-door neighbors, we’ve known her and her family since they moved to Piedmont in 2016. Upon moving in, Ruchi got right to work, helping to organize our neighborhood Fourth of July block party… and she just kept going. While balancing a busy professional life and a growing family, she stepped up to volunteer for the three-year commitment as Beach Parents Organization vice president and then president. She took on her pandemic-era presidency as a growth opportunity, leading the pivot to a hybrid-based approach to community building, and finding novel, creative ways to ease the isolation for both kids and parents during that difficult time. She was able to adjust the role and processes of the BPO to fit our circumstances — intuitively knowing what important things to prioritize, and what to defer. Her contributions to the BPO, even though made during unusual times, will endure through more “normal” years to come.

Ruchi’s character is perfectly suited for a position on the School Board. A scientist by training, she is thoughtful and analytical in her approach to problems. We never hear Ruchi merely complain about an issue; instead, she sets her mind at work to figuring out the problem and then fixing it. We have witnessed her unflappable patience on many occasions, whether it pertains to home, school, or community, and have also marveled at her ability to be able to talk to anyone about a diverse variety of issues.

Ruchi is passionately committed to our shared aspirations for our schools and our school district. She believes that  a high standard of academic excellence, in addition to fostering a strong sense of belonging, will lift up all of our students. She will work tirelessly on the School Board to help ensure that these dual goals continue to be achieved. And, knowing Ruchi, she’ll still have time for our neighborhood block party in July.

Please vote for Ruchi in November!

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