Calling All Educators and Youth Advocates – A Message from Leah Ersoylu

Leah Ersoylu

A Message from Leah Ersoylu

First, THANK YOU for your work to support our kids — at all levels. I am inspired by your commitment to a seemingly endless fight. I am a product of public schools and universities, and I want to support my daughter, as well as the other nearly 20,000 kids in Newport-Mesa Unified.

I am running for NMUSD Trustee, Area 1 in November 2020.

We need to have qualified leadership ready to support our kids from cradle to career. The well-intentioned old guard in Newport-Mesa has failed too many of our kids for too long. As a result, families have fled our district — especially my area, Zone 1 — to Huntington Beach and private schools. This has a negative effect on our sense of community here in Costa Mesa.

This election can be catalytic for our kids if we can win! NMUSD Board suffers from a simple lack a diversity in life experiences. Given that our district is 56% non-white and 45% socio-economically disadvantaged, we must have more diversity in leadership.

I’ve already done the work to secure the NMFT endorsement, demonstrating I am the teachers’ choice. I’m receiving new endorsements daily from community leaders and elected officials who understand the importance of this race.

As an evaluation and planning professional, I have had the opportunity to work on youth development, education and ECE projects and policies over the past 20 years — bringing best practices, research and innovative strategies to bear on the sector. As a member of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission, I was able to ensure after-school programming for kids was expanded to support families on non-school days. As a member of the Housing & Public Services Grants Committee, I was able to bring outcome measurement tools to support applicants in their program planning. When I served as the Policy Director at Latino Health Access, I worked to ensure that policies and systems supported the health and well-being of children and families not only in Santa Ana, but across the County.

I have a long track record of not only fighting for the right things, but also supporting like-minded candidates on their first runs (many of you on this list!). Now, I am compelled to run — and I can’t do it without your help!



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I am focusing my time on community-building, by having in-home coffees with neighbors across my district and knocking doors of every voter. I value your time and I won’t be asking for you to attend high-priced fundraisers or events. My events are going to be neighborhood specific. As such, my fundraising is focused online, in emails and texts like this one.

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