招霞在三藩市发现移民家庭面临各种难题，尤其是在住房和就学方面。她利用自己的英语能力，迅速学习了相关的法律和知识，先后创立了 “住房政策改良会” 和 “亚裔选民协会” 这两个非牟利机构，对社区展开教育，让民众懂得自己的权益。招霞也协助组织了若干大型的维权活动，包括2016年全美四十个城市同步举行的 “挽救梁彼得警官” 大游行，单单在三藩市就有一万民众参加。
招霞最早的公益工作，却是在孩子的学校。自从患病的女儿第一天上幼儿园起，她就积极投身到为家长说话、为学校、为老师上传下达的琐碎工作中。她一直是学校的PTA（家教会）、ELAC（英语学习咨询委员会）、SSC（学校校园委员会）的成员，并当过District Parent Advisory Council（校区家长咨询委员）等等义务的领导职位。
去年夏天，招霞因为在孩子的初中奉献良多而获得推荐担任该校的 “家庭联络员” 这个半薪职位，正式成为校区的职员，并担负起学校与家庭联络的任务。她亲历其境，与学校员工并肩作战，因此也明白到老师的苦心和校长的难处。她希望利用本身对家长的了解，带领家长配合学校，更好地为孩子们服务。
Scott Wiener, State Senator, District 11
Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization, President
Mark Farrell, Mayor of San Francisco
Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
London Breed, President of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Vicki Hennessy, San Francisco Sheriff
Katy Tang, San Francisco Supervisor District 4
Emily Murase - San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner
Eddie Chin, Former School Board Member
Amy Bacharach, Former SF City College Trustee
Andrea Shorter, Commission on the Status of Women
Mandy Lee, President Board of Directors, Equality California
Wilson Chu, President of Chinese American Democratic Club
Joel Engardio, Westside Advocate and Award-Winning Columnist
Tommy Tang, Past President of Salvation Army, Chinatown
Sherman King, Third VP of San Francisco Lions Club, Chinatown
Russel Morine, Neighborhood Advocate
Vanita & Austin Louie, Past President 2016-17, Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown
Bill Barnickel, Veterans Affairs Commissioner
Benny Yee, Chinese Community Leader
Vince Courtney, Field Representative at LiUNA!, Local 261
Albert Chow, Great Wall Hardware
EDUCATORS & EDUCATION ADVOCATES*
Alex Hertz, Retired Teacher at SFUSD & Former Rep. at UESF
Bayard Fong, Former Member of the Public Education Enrichment Fund Community Advisory Committee (PEEF CAC)
Steve Robinson, Teacher at SFUSD
Albert Wang, Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), Vice Chair
Larry Prager, Retired Teacher at SFUSD
Lynda Zhou, Teacher at SFUSD
Jonathan Frank, Retired Teacher/Science Department Head at SFUSD/Abraham Lincoln High School
Sujuan Cai, PH.D, Health Care Leadership and Nursing Science
Steve Ward, SFUSD Substitute Teacher
Margaret Lee, University Lecturer & Former SFUSD Teacher
Don Gibbs, University of California Professor
Victor Seeto, Education Advocate
Michele Bondi, MPH, Professor, San Jose State University and California State University, East Bay
LABOR & ORGANIZATIONS
Chinese American Democratic Club
Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club
LiUNA! Laborers Local 261
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
* Titles for identification purposes only
Josephine Zhao for School Board 2018
Josephine is a public school mom, an engaged community leader, and a passionate advocate for students, parents, and public schools. She is a single mother of two girls enrolled in San Francisco public schools and has been deeply involved in the public school community since 2009.
A firm believer in the power of community, Josephine has been an ardent leader in the PTA, on the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), and the School Site Council (SSC) for several years. On the San Francisco Board of Education’s Parent Advisory Council she strove to ensure parents from all backgrounds had a seat at the table when policy is being discussed and developed.
Josephine immigrated to the United States to pursue higher education and knows first-hand the power a quality education can have in changing lives. As a champion for our students, she was a key advocate in the successful campaign to add Geometry to SFUSD’s summer course curriculum for 10th grade students in 2017.
In addition to her advocacy for public schools, Josephine is a community builder who has founded two nonprofit organizations since 2011. The first, AsianAmericanVoters.org focuses on educating and organizing San Francisco’s Asian American communities around the subjects of education, housing, and quality of life and anti-discrimination issues. The second, BetterHousingPolicies.org, provides training to immigrant housing providers on ethical standards, translation services, conflict resolution between tenants and landlords, and assistance for first-time homebuyers when navigating the process of purchasing a new home.
Josephine holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Northern Colorado, and is a graduate of Emerge California. She currently works for Hoover Middle School as the school/family liaison.
Josephine will draw on her unique experience as a public school mom, district employee and parent advocate. She deeply understands the needs of students, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and the school district. Josephine is running for the San Francisco School Board because she believes all of these stakeholders can work together to make fantastic public schools that serve the entire community.
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