Meet and Greet
New BSD School Board Trustees
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 7-8 PM
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BCE invites you to learn more about the three Burlingame School District (BSD) School Board Trustees - Elizabeth Kendall, Lisa Mudd and Deepak Sarpangal - slated to be installed at the public meeting on December 15, 2020
School Board Trustees are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing a community’s public schools. Since the School Board plays a key role in the direction, structure, and accountability of our District, BCE is happy to offer this evening of learning and listening.
The program will focus on what motivates these individuals to serve the public as well as what beliefs and values anchor their decision making process.
What is the structure of the BSD School Board? BSD has a five-member School Board. Each Trustee is elected to a four-year term. The terms are staggered so that there are rotating openings every two years. Learn more on the BSD website.
If this is an elected position, why was it not on my ballot? This is an uncontested election with three open positions and three candidates, thus it was not included on the ballot.
What topics will be addressed at this meet and greet? It is important to keep in mind that this event occurs prior to the formal swearing in of these School Board members. As such, this is not a School Board event. This is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the soon-to-be installed (or in Kendall’s case, re-installed) Trustees. We will highlight what motivates these individuals to serve the public and what beliefs and values anchor their decision-making process. Tune into the BSD School Board meeting on December 15 at 6 pm to witness the swearing-in ceremony.
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Elizabeth Kendall joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She and her husband have three children in Burlingame School District. Over the past three years, Elizabeth has served on the Safety Committee, City/District Liaison Committee, Owner’s Committee, Financial Advisory Body, and PTA Council. As a parent, she has volunteered for the District Science Committee, BCE, PTA, and is a six-time room parent.
Elizabeth works as a research scientist studying the upper atmosphere, where Earth is tightly coupled to solar activity. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University and both her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Elizabeth has enjoyed exploring diverse geophysical topics such as lightning, aurora and airglow. She is excited to work with the district to provide Burlingame students a high-quality STEAM education.
Elizabeth is committed to community engagement, school safety, and a rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of each child. Her priority on the school board is to ensure each student is provided an equitable path through our school system, leading to successful preparation for high school and beyond. In her downtime, Elizabeth enjoys board games with her family, weekends at the beach, spending time with friends, and being a bookworm.
Lisa Mudd will join the Burlingame School District Governing Board of Trustees in December of 2020. She and her husband have two children and Lisa has been a deeply engaged member of the Burlingame community since moving here in 2016. Lisa has served on the BCE Board of Directors as both the Lincoln Site Director and the VP of Site Directors. She is an active member of the PTA, a strong supporter and volunteer for BCE and also serves as a School Site Council Representative and Room Parent at Lincoln Elementary.
Lisa is a 2020 graduate of the San Mateo Leadership Program, she served as a Measure M representative and has also spent many volunteer hours with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. She is currently working towards completion of the Masters In Governance Program through the California School Boards Association.
Lisa was an Elementary Educator for over ten years in both Chicago Public Schools and with the Mill Valley School District. Her time as an educator left her with a deep appreciation for equity, and a well-rounded, progressive education. Having spent time on many sides of the table — teacher, parent, fundraiser, organizer — Lisa appreciates the need to consider all stakeholders.
Outside of BSD, Lisa works in interior design and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors and traveling.
Deepak Sarpangal is scheduled to join the Board of Trustees in 2020. He and his wife have two children, one currently in Burlingame School District and the other expected to join in 2021. Deepak is also a member of the Fiscal Advisory Body and PTA Audit Committee, as well as a contributor to Franklin Dads Club and Burlingame Community Education Foundation (BCE).
Deepak is the Managing Member of Sarpa Holdings, a private investment firm focused on fundamental value(s). Prior to founding Sarpa, he was a Partner and founding member of the investment team at Marcato Capital Management, which during his tenure grew substantially and received numerous accolades. Previously, he worked at leading multi-strategy firms, including as a Principal at Capricorn Investment Group and investment professional with Farallon Capital Management. Earlier, Deepak was with Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in New York and London, where he evaluated and executed private equity and mezzanine investments and served as a portfolio company Board Observer. He originally joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the High Technology Investment Banking Group and has also worked with Temasek Holdings in Singapore.
Deepak earned a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Regents’ Scholar, MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MA in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Deepak seeks to improve education for all students and to serve in the best interests of the local community. His priority on the school board is to drive equity and excellence.
In his downtime, Deepak enjoys teaching, sports, music, card games, and other activities with friends and family (especially dancing and laughing with his girls).