Rachel Hurd, Clerk
Rachel Hurd was elected to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education in November 2006 and is serving her third term. She serves on the TRAFFIX Board of Directors, and is a board liaison to the Special Education Community Advisory Committee, the district's negotiating team, the district's Climate Committee, the SRV Council of PTAs, and the SRV Council of PTAs Legislative Committee.
Prior to being elected to the Board, Rachel was an experienced parent leader in our local community, serving in a variety of capacities at her children's schools and at the district level. She and her husband, Alec, have three children who have all graduated from California High School. The oldest, Dan, earned a welding certificate at Sierra College and is now employed as an iron worker in the Bay Area; Adam is a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and Maddie is a freshman at Western Washington University. Rachel's local volunteering began at Country Club Elementary, working in the classroom and serving on the PTA, school site council, and Ed Fund. Her involvement expanded to the district through participation on the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and on various school district committees. She served as Council PTA President, Special Needs Chairman, VP-Communications, and an adviser. She was also a PTA representative to the district's Facilities Oversight & Advisory Committee, Reading & Writing Project Leadership Team, and Special Education Redesign Team.
Rachel was raised in Palos Verdes and attended UC Davis, where she met her husband Alec, and graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. She worked for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Corporation in Huntington Beach and Long Beach for 7 years, as an engineer, a total quality management trainer, and in strategic technology management and business development, until a job opportunity for Alec took them to Stockton, CA. At that point, Rachel started a new career as a stay-at-home parent and a community volunteer. Three years later, they relocated to San Ramon, where they have lived since 1997.
Two of their children, Dan and Maddie have dyslexia. The ongoing journey to understand and provide for Dan's educational needs is how Rachel got involved in the special needs area of education. In 2002, Rachel, along with five other parents, school board member Joan Buchanan, and a member of the special education administration founded the PTA Special Needs Committee, which has continued to provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed. Chairing the committee for three years provided Rachel with the opportunity to counsel and advise parents how to work collaboratively with the school district to meet their children's needs.
As a site council chair at Country Club, Rachel worked to make intervention programs a priority. In 2005, she brought the Barton Reading & Spelling program to the school and began a volunteer tutoring program to deliver it. By networking, the program spread and is used by many other schools in the district. Students throughout the district have benefited from the change in approach.
During Rachel's tenure on the Board she had been a voice for continued improvement in the quality of the educational experience the district offers to all of its students, difficult financial conditions. She co-chaired the campaign for the district's successful May 2009 parcel tax renewal election and was on the campaign leadership team for the district's successful 2012 facilities bond and 2015 parcel tax renewal.
Rachel continues to volunteer as a Barton tutor and for the Council PTA as an advisor and member of a number of committees. She is also a member of the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club, the Board of Leadership San Ramon Valley, and the statewide grassroots organization, Decoding Dyslexia - CA, for which she is a regional legislative leader.