Bio of candidate Bill Youstra

Education: University of Maryland, summa cum laude, BS in marketing, BA in TV and film, BS in computer science; Stanford University, MBA in business management, MA in education administration and policy analysis.

Occupation: Consumer tech/media consultant.

Civic service: Coaching kids' sports and occasional ad hoc work such as the search for Ormondale School principal and the Portola Valley committee reviewing home basement allowances. Previously, after-school soccer coach in East Palo Alto; leader, "Outward Bound" program for high school kids; piloting a teaching-through-technology program.

Experience: 15 years at consumer media and technology companies, including seven at America Online, launching and running consumer products; consultant and adviser to startups and small entrepreneurial companies, including internet media, mobile applications, and virtual social networking.

Years in district: 8

Age: 42

Family: Married to Jennifer Youstra; four children, ages 3, 5, 7 and 9.


Posted by Wanda Ginner, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 14, 2008 at 7:43 am

Bill is our neighbor, so we know his thoughtfulness, integrity and ethics. Now that I see his impressive education and experience working with our schools and kids, I am even more convinced that Bill is the right person for the School Board.

Posted by Kris Schmidt, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 14, 2008 at 6:37 pm

I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Bill Youstra and his family over the past couple of years mainly through our mutual volunteer efforts.
Last year, we were lucky enough to have Bill coach my son's soccer team. My son really did not want to play. He was only half interested. Bill's coaching made ALL of the difference! He was very positive and supportive. His soft spoken encouragement really helped my shy first grader learn to love the sport.
Bill is an intuitive listener who genuinely cares about people and our community. His background in education and technology would make him a perfect addition to our Portola Valley School Board.
Please mail in your ballot and vote for Bill Youstra!

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