68 Public School Parents and Community Leaders Endorse Allison Holdorff Polhill for City Council

LOS ANGELES — Today, Allison Holdorff Polhill’s campaign for Los Angeles City Council District 11 announced that it has received endorsements from 68 parent and community leaders from schools throughout the Westside, including booster and PTA presidents, board members, and parents active in their children’s school community. 

“As a public school parent and community leader myself, I am grateful beyond words that so many parent and community leaders support my run for City Council. I stepped into this race because I believe our students, families and communities deserve elected leaders who are committed to keeping our schools and communities safe. I am honored and humbled to have earned the endorsement from these impressive powerhouse parent and community leaders. We will work together to change the status quo.” said Allison Holdorff Polhill.

Holdorff Polhill most recently served as chief advisor and district director to the vice president of LAUSD representing the communities of Westchester, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Del Rey.

During the pandemic, Holdorff Polhill pushed for an equitable distribution of internet access and digital devices so all students had access to virtual instruction and monitored food banks where more than 140 million meals were served. She’s known as “the fixer.”

“I’ve known Allison for many years and I’ve watched in awe at her activism on behalf of our community. Whenever I have reached out to Allison to assist at our schools, she has immediately responded and addressed the issues. She has personally gone above and beyond to ensure our students’ education, safety, health, and social emotional wellbeing is at the forefront,” said Becky Cunningham, a parent and community leader in Westchester

“Allison is a tenacious problem solver and I wholeheartedly endorse her for LA City Council. As a parent and Booster Club Board President at Mark Twain Middle School, I witnessed Allison jump in to support the restorative justice program and facilitate bringing the community together to add tennis courts. At Venice High, she was a liaison that assisted in resolving many issues including the comprehensive modernization project as well as advocating for much needed auditorium renovations and ensuring class scheduling stability during the pandemic. Thanks to Allison, VHS has a Dual Language Immersion Academy, completing a kindergarten through 12th grade pathway for Spanish and Mandarin programs.” said Chantel Hunter-Mah, former Friends of Mark Twain president, Venice High School School Based Management Parent member, and president of Friends of Gondos.

These 68 parent and community leaders (past and present)  join endorsements from 23 principals and school leaders in and around District 11. These individuals are endorsing in their personal capacities. Titles, organizations, and schools are listed for identification purposes only:

  1. Merridith Abber, former booster president from Kenter Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  2. Fati Adeli, Booster president and former PTA President from from Revere Middle School
  3. Shana Aelony, from Open Magnet Charter School
  4. Amy Baker, from Palisades Elementary School and Revere Middle School
  5. Debbie Barnett, former booster president from Kenter Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  6. Candy Beaver, parent leader from Palisades High School
  7. Georgia Bickel, middle school teacher and parent leader from Palisades Elementary School
  8. Andrew Bostick, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School 
  9. Katie Braude, founder and CEO of Speak UP and parent leader from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  10. Sue Burt, from Palisades Elementary School and Pali High School
  11. Cheryl Clark, former booster president from Kenter Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  12. Karen Clark, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  13. Kathleen Clinesmith, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School
  14. Susan Corwin, from Marquez Elementary School
  15. Rebecca Cunningham, Booster and PTA president from Playa Vista Elementary School, KJ Academy and Venice High School
  16. Stephanie Dodez, former booster president from Kentwood Elementary School
  17. Niloo Farhadian, from Kenter Elementary School and Palisades High School
  18. Chaka Forman, from Beethoven Elementary School, Walgrove Elementary School, Mark Twain Middle School and Venice High School
  19. Nancy Fracchiolla, teacher and former booster president from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  20. Cindy Freedland, former booster president from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  21. Alyssa Gallagher, former booster president from Marquez Elementary School
  22. Jeanne Goldsmith, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  23. Tracy Grand, from New West School and Palisades High School
  24. Michelle Headricks from Marquez Elementary School
  25. Debbie Held, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  26. Dick Held, President of Palisades High School Booster Club
  27. Nicole Howard, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  28. Hylan Hubbard, from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  29. Chantel Hunter-Mah, Booster president Mark Twain Middle School & Venice High School
  30. Stephanie Inyama, Board Member from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  31. Lesley Isaacs, from Pali Elementary School
  32. Jasmine Jaffe, Booster president from Mar Vista Elementary School, Mark Twain Middle School and Venice High School
  33. Kayt Jones, former booster president from Topanga Elementary School
  34. Dora Khoubian, from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  35. Julianne Kravitz, parent leader from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  36. Amy Madnick, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  37. Elisa Marks, former booster president from Marquez Elementary School
  38. Lori Mendez, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  39. Johanna Minnanian, from Palisades Elementary and Revere Middle School
  40. Malika Mirkasymova, from Revere Middle School
  41. Lori Padden, from Palisades Elementary School
  42. Judith D. Perr, ACAS, MAAA Principal CAO Perr & Knight from Palisades Elementary School
  43. Christie Pesecka, from Playa Vista Elementary School
  44. Daphne Radfar, from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  45. John Reimers, parent leader from Walgrove Elementary School & Twain Middle School
  46. Sarah Reimers, Booster president from Walgrove Elementary School & Twain Middle School
  47. Lisa Robbins, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  48. Matt Rodman, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  49. Rene Rodman, booster and PTA leader from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  50. Matt Ross, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  51. Sari Ross, former Booster president from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  52. Dr. Lisa Sakamoto, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School
  53. Lory Sarlo, LAX Coastal Education Foundation
  54. Camille Schoenberg, Booster present and board member from Palisades Elementary School and Palisades High
  55. Larry Schoenberg, from Palisades High
  56. Michael Segel, parent leader from Mark Twain Middle School and Goethe 
  57. Nicole Steil, from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  58. Ainslie Sugarman, Booster president from Revere Middle School
  59. Jill Taylor, Booster and PTA president from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  60. Vicky Taylor, parent leader from Palisades Elementary School
  61. Elisa Varela, former booster president from Palisades Elementary School, Revere Middle School and Palisades High School
  62. Lori Vogel, Booster and PTA President and from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School
  63. Yalda Uhls, MBA, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, UCLA Center for Scholars & Storytellers, former parent leader Palisades Elementary
  64. Robin Warner, parent leader Palisades Elementary School
  65. Jessica Weisblum parent leader from Palisades Elementary School
  66. Gail Wirth, parent and community leader from Palisades Elementary School
  67. Holly Yang, from Broadway Elementary School
  68. Maryam Zar, Booster and PTA President from Palisades High School and Revere Middle School