Jill Wynns was first elected to the San Francisco Board of Education in 1993, has been re-elected five times, and has served longer than any other school board member in San Francisco history.
She was the President of the California School Boards Association in 2012 and currently serves on the CSBA Board of Directors, as well as the National School Boards Action Center Board. In addition she is the Chair of the California Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership.
Her areas of expertise and interest include California school finance, urban education and governance, full-service community schools, charter schools, school health programs, healthy school food, and labor-management cooperation. She led a focus on community schools during her CSBA presidency.
She has served on the Boards of the Council of Urban Boards of Education of the National School Boards Association (CUBE) and was President of the California Association of Urban School Districts.
She has worked as a professional fund raiser, director of a children’s advocacy organization, and education and community relations and political consultant.
Ms Wynns grew up on Long Island, went to public schools in New York, holds a BA in Humanities from New College at Hofstra University in New York, and studied at Harvard and Wiks folkhogskola in Balingsta, Sweden. She is the mother of three children who attended public school in San Francisco and the grandmother of two.