There is a public education leadership crises in California. The non-partisan office for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is critical to fixing the problems that lay ahead. This important position is up for election, with no incumbent due to term limits. I am seeking this office for the chance to be part of the efforts we need to fix our failing schools. We need true leadership, not lip service.

I was born and raised in Orange County and am a proud graduate of the public school system, graduating from Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, CA. I completed my associate's degree in Liberal Studies at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. I transferred to U.C. Berkeley to earn my bachelor's degree in Women's Studies. I attended Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City for my master's degree in Student Personnel Administration. I then attended California State University, Fullerton to complete my doctorate in Educational Leadership.

I have worked in education for over 15 years as a student advocate in Student Services (member of CSEA, SEIU and CalPERS), also as an instructor, manager, Dean, and Athletic Director. I currently work at Mills College in Oakland, CA as part of the Upward Bound program, as an instructor teaching financial literacy courses to low income and underrepresented students. My passion to serve others in their educational achievement is my life's work.

I have experience leading educational improvement efforts including, Educational Master Planning, Facilities Master Planning, Bond Measures, Student Equity Planning, Diversity Action Planning, policy development, fiscal and budget development, Strategic Planning, Business Advisory Committees, grant management, workforce and economic development and community development. I am a leader with expertise in educational administration who puts students first!


Please review my website, www.lilyeploski.org to learn about my background and vision for California. We have no time to lose!

I thank you for considering making a contribution to my campaign today. The primary election is June 5, 2018. I cannot do this without the support of the great people of California backing me. I cannot do this without you!

Please join me for in the movement for Education for the Future.

Lily E. Ploski Announces Bid for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018

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    “It is with great pleasure that I write this endorsement for Lily Ploski. Lily is a no nonsense Educator and Adminstrator, who has a firm grasp on what it takes to maximize student achievement. She is committed to Community engagement, promotes diversity, and has a core belief that every child can succeed academically, regardless of their socioeconomic background. I was afforded the opportunity to work with Lily on Project HYPE (Helping Youth to Prepare and Excel). The program was designed to prepare at-risk youth to take and pass the General Education Diploma (GED), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and to provide Leadership Skills, that promoted intellectual growth, creativity, and self discipline. Working so closely with Lily, I was able to witness first hand her energetic and innovative approach for helping at-risk students to achieve academically. Under Lily’s leadership 80% of the students successfully completed the program. Lorraine Merrida-Roos BA, Liberal Arts MBA, Curriculum Design”

  • endorsed

    “Lily supported me throughout my undergrad years. She is an authentic, dedicated, and compassionate leader and educator!”

  • endorsed

    “She is a dedicated educator!”

May 20, 2018

Visit with business owners of Gustine, CA

I went with Zachery Ramos, who is 19 years old and running for Mayor of Gustine, CA  in the November general election. We met to walk around town on Tuesday, May 15. I met with several business owners who had some great questions about ways to improve public education. My appreciation for the business owners and people of Gustine! Great town and great community!

Photo shoot in Gustine, CA

May 8, 2018

Personal Testimonials from Colleagues, and a Former Student Turner Teacher

“Lily’s role was highly complex, and it required her to demonstrate a variety of different competencies and skills. First and most importantly, Lily needed to develop relationships with some of the University’s top donors, and to communicate effectively with them about how their gifts supported Harvard’s priorities. Lily excelled in this aspect of the job, and it wasn’t uncommon for alumni and other donors to share glowing feedback about their interactions with her. Lily also succeeded at mastering the technical aspects of the job, effectively managing the legal documentation and complex financial transactions that were essential to the planned gifts she facilitated. Finally, Lily worked well with her development counterparts across the University who were involved in Harvard’s capital campaign, and she was well known for her professionalism and collegiality. It was a pleasure to work with Lily at Harvard, where her commitment to assuring access and opportunity to higher education was abundantly clear. She is a gifted leader, a passionate advocate, and a dependable colleague. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”  – Jonathan Chines, Vice President, Reliant Medical Group

“At Solano Community College it was a pleasure reporting to Dean Lily. Her leadership skills are excellent and she advocates for her division with pride. As a program coordinator under her supervision, she allowed me to bring innovative ideas to the table and encouraged the development by fully supporting the implementation process. I appreciate a manager that provides autonomy, encourages professional development, and listens intently before making final decisions. She has a well-organized management style; she meets performance evaluation deadlines and communicates clearly both verbally and in writing. Lily is an authentic leader. She is fair, firm and has a pleasant in-control and genuine demeanor.” – Maria Mayne, Coordinator, Solano Community College

“The students of Fullerton College had a voice through Lily as she advocated on issues that were pertinent to the success of students. She improved student services at Fullerton College through the collaboration with other departments. One example out of various was Lily's collaboration with our campus Special Programs Director for STEM student college pathways. She provided our department with innovative student-focused ideas in how we could better serve minority students in STEM. I worked with Lily in providing student support for the Honors Program at the campus and she always gave me solutions on student recruitment, program support, and creating workshops for our students. Anyone who knows Lily and who has worked with her knows that she has proven the possible in higher education by supporting students and managing programs that impact their lives.” – Miguel Alvarez, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

“I met Lily (Dr. Ploski) when I was in community college in 2012. What really impressed me about her was that she was always committed to going the extra mile for all the students. She was always willing to lend an ear, and give me, along with countless others, the guidance and encouragement needed as a transfer student, to believe in myself, to transfer and to complete my Bachelor degree. Quite frankly I was surprised to hear that she was running for state office, but I shouldn't be. Her experience, skills, and her years of advocacy in the college setting, are enough to make her a formidable candidate. With her professionalism and dedication to the students of California, there is no one better suited to serve the needs of the students of this state than Dr. Lily E. Ploski. I wholeheartedly believe in her and in her candidacy.” Melissa Zazueta, CA Public School Teacher, B.A. History, U.C. Berkeley, 2014.

April 22, 2018

School Visits in City of Fullerton

I had such a great visit to my hometown of the City of Fullerton on Friday, April 20. I made a few visits down memory lane and had the chance to make donations of my book, Not Getting Stuck: Success stories of being Latina and transferring from a California community college (Alive Publications, 2017). I first stopped by my junior high school, Ladera Vista Junior High School. I got the chance to speak with the vice principal, Ginger Frady, who was a fellow Ladera Vistsa alumnae, as well. I attended LV from 1986-1988. I was on the volleyball and basketball team, played in the band, and worked in the lunch room. I was very excited to see LV is now designated a Performing Arts Junior High School. Way to go, LV! Then, I stopped by Fullerton Union High School. I graduated from FHS in 1992. I was on the volleyball and swim team, served on the Associated Student Government as treasurer, participated in Future Farmer's of American (FFA), was on the Drill Team, and acted in the school theatre productions. I also stopped by the Wilshire Continuing Education Center, where I attended night school to make up credit I lost in English class. Then I made a visit to Fullerton College, where I was a student and also worked as the Director of the Transfer Center and the Cadena Cultural Center for about 4 years. I had the chance to speak with Dr. Greg Schultz, Fullerton College President. I then stopped by Cal State Fullerton, College of Education. I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Cal State Fullerton in the year 2011. I was able to see Dr. John Hoffman and present him with two copies of my book for the college library. What a great day!

April 22, 2018

Latina Leadership Network Annual Conference El Poder de la Mujer Latina

What a fantastic event! I attended the 31st Annual Latina Leadership Network Annual Conference held at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel in beautiful Buena Park, California on Friday, April 20. I presented my workshop "Overcoming Barriers to Education" all about the success factors from my research into the lives of Latinas attending a California community college. The workshop included a discussion about the importance of recognizing and valuing the power of the self, friends, family, the school, and the ability to be open to new potential and possibilities in your every day life. I have been working in education since the year 2000, almost 20 years. I also attended public schools throughout K-12, graduating from Fullerton High School and a community college. I am eager to take my experiences and knowledge to make a difference for students in Public Education in the state of California. We have the Power!

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April 11, 2018

Meet the Press!

What a great past couple of days! I have met with the editorial boards of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as EdVoice, UPTE-CWA, and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles. In addition, I met with representatives of the Sierra Club of California in Sacramento on Monday, April 9th. I also hosted a Meet the Candidate event on Saturday, April 7. Last week another honor I received was the fortune of receiving an acceptance into the Progressive Change Campaign Committee candidate's training seminar in Washington, DC with keynote speakers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. I also attended the Moms Demand Action lobbying day in Sacramento on Monday, April 9 and met with Assembly member Todd Gloria of San Diego who is sponsoring AB2103 to include additional gun training for people who want to receive a permit for conceal carry of firearms. While at the lobbying event I was fortunate enough to meet with Shannon Watts who founded Moms Demand Action after the devastation of the Sandy Hook gun massacre. I also went with a group of community members to lobby with the office of Assembly member Tim Grayson from District 14 to support AB2103. It has been such a privilege to meet with the press and the community members workers to make change for the better, especially for sensible gun safety laws! Way to go!

April 9, 2018

I attended Moms Demand Action Lobbying Day in Sacramento

I had a fantastic time lobbying with the group Moms Demand Action in Sacramento today, April 9, 2018. I was able to speak with CA Assembly member Todd Gloria, who authored bill AB 2103 about conceal carry training for gun owners. I was also a part of a group of constituents from District 14 to meet with Assembly member Tim Grayson to get support for gun safety measures. There was a great group of over 300 moms there and community members who advocated for gun safety. We are making change happen. Great day! 

April 3, 2018

Meet the Candidate This Week Saturday, April 7!

You are invited to meet me this weekend in Pleasant Hill, California. The event is taking place Saturday, April 7 10:00am - 12:00pm at John F. Kennedy University in Room 263 North. There is free parking and the location is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be served. Come meet me and hear my ideas about taking California public education in a new direction. It is time for a fresh start!

March 21, 2018

USC Candidate Forum for State Superintendent a Huge Success

I was fortunate to receive an invitation to participate in the Candidate Forum for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction hosted by the USC Rossier School of Education, Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance, and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Below is a link where you can read about the other opponents and to listen to the full discussion. Thank you to USC for hosting this important event!

https://edsource.org/2018/cand...

March 15, 2018

Follow on Instagram @SuperPloski

Follow me on Instagram! I am making daily videos to remind voters that the primary election is June 5, 2018. I am also excited to be attending the USC Policy Forum for Candidates at the Center for Educational Policy, Equity, and Governance. I hope you can attend.


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March 6, 2018

Coming to Latina Leadership Conference in Buena Park!

I will be presenting a workshop to discuss overcoming barriers to education at the 31st Annual Latina Leadership Conference being held at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel on Friday, April 20th at 2:00pm. Here is more information about the conference if you are interested in attending! http://llnccc.org/conferenc e/ t Please learn about how the conference serves the in the success of our Latinx community!

31st Annual Latina Leadership Network of California Community Colleges Conference

“El Poder de la Mujer Latina: Impacting Equity, Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education.”

Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park, CA


March 5, 2018

IGNITE Young Women's Political Summit Rocked!

Young women are changing the world! I had the honor of meeting some hardworking young women who are already changing the world for the better. I attended the IGNITE Young Women's Political Summit in San Francisco on Saturday, March 3. I got over 20 volunteer for my campaign and names of more people who are supporting my campaign to serve as the next CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction! Education for One and All!

February 28, 2018

Ballot Designation Completed!

I submitted my ballot designation form to the Solano County Registrar of Voters office yesterday. Please make sure you register to vote for the primary on June 5, 2018. For this position there are currently three candidates. I am one of the candidates. If someone earns a majority vote (>49%) of the vote, then they win this position to oversee K-12 public education, Board of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Office of Public School Building, and other local education areas, including all county of education centers. If someone does not earn a majority vote (50%) of the vote on June 5, then there will be a run off election for the top two candidates on November 6, 2018. Please vote! 

February 26, 2018

Opportunity Fair Saturday, March 3 in San Francisco

I am looking for volunteers to help me with my campaign. I will be attending the Young Women's Political Summit in San Francisco to meet and recruit volunteers for my campaign. I am excited to meet with young women who are active in the politics of the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 26, 2018

Meet the Candidate Event Scheduled for Saturday, April 7

I am excited to have a place to meet with the local community to discuss my campaign for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California. I have been working in education for over 15 years, but there is always room to learn more about how to improve our schools for our students and the community. Come prepared with questions that you have about my run for office. 

What is important to you as a parent and a community member concerning public education? What is important to you as an employer or local business? What is important to you as a concerned citizen about the direction of public education in the State of California? I want to hear your thoughts and ideas. I look forward to a great event! Please RSVP by email to me, Lily E. Ploski directly, lilyeploski@yahoo.com.

The information for the event is below:

  • Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location: John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill Campus
  • Room: 116 (South)
  • Event: Meet the Candidate Lily E. Ploski
  • RSVP by email to lilyeploski@yahoo.com

Light refreshments will be served

February 23, 2018

Nomination paperwork completed!

I stopped by the Solano County Registrar of Voter's Office to complete final nomination paperwork yesterday. That means I am officially a candidate! Please support this grassroots campaign. I am a single mother, dedicated to success of every students in the state of California. Education for One and All!

February 19, 2018

Student Safety Takes Priority

Yesterday there was an impassioned speech by Emma Gonzalez, of Parkland, Florida about the senseless killing of innocent students and staff and the massive school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, Valentine's Day School Shooting. On the behalf of student warriors like Emma Gonzalez and all the students and communities that have experienced active shooters on campus, I take this pledge: I will not accept campaign contributions from the NRA or any group that perpetuates hate or violence.

February 13, 2018

Ploski heading to Spring CUE 2018 in Palm Springs

I am honored to accept an invitation to attend the State Superintendent of Public Education Candidates Forum taking place at the CUE Spring Conference in Palms Spring on March 16, 10:30am - 11:30am. Please stop by the forum if you are attending the conference.

http://spring.cue.org/

I am looking for campaign donations to make my message stronger in the community. 

I am seeking to address challenges in the following areas:

1.) School, College, Work, Community Pipeline

2.) Equity in All Outcomes

3.) School Safety

4.) Presence in the School and the Community

February 8, 2018

Ploski Files Candidate Statement with Secretary of State

I filed my Candidate's Statement to the Secretary of State's office well before the February 14 deadline. The statement is included in the Voter Information Guide that is distributed to every registered voter in the state of California. I was able to purchase space in the Voter Information Guide as a result of agreeing to limit my campaign expenditures in accordance with the provisions of proposition 34. This is a grass roots campaigns that is dependent on great people of the state of California for support. I take my responsibility for campaign expenditures to be about putting people first!

February 8, 2018

Great Dialog with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley faces unique and challenging issues with workforce development and housing concerns for the technology industry. I learned about some wonderful ways I can use my position as a candidate to promote technology, housing, transportation, industry growth, and promising STEM programs in the k-12 system and community colleges, and industry partnerships that can help support our students and families in the Silicon Valley.

February 8, 2018

Nomination paperwork completed!

I submitted the last of the 100 signatures necessary to complete the nomination papers. I can now officially declare myself a candidate for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018.

February 6, 2018

Ploski to attend USC Candidates Forum on March 19th

I proudly accepted an invitation to be a part of the California State Superintendent Candidates' Forum taking place on March 19 at USC Center for Education Policy, Equity, and Governance. Please RSVP to attend below. I hope you can join me!

https://calendar.usc.edu/event...

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  • endorsed

    “It is with great pleasure that I write this endorsement for Lily Ploski. Lily is a no nonsense Educator and Adminstrator, who has a firm grasp on what it takes to maximize student achievement. She is committed to Community engagement, promotes diversity, and has a core belief that every child can succeed academically, regardless of their socioeconomic background. I was afforded the opportunity to work with Lily on Project HYPE (Helping Youth to Prepare and Excel). The program was designed to prepare at-risk youth to take and pass the General Education Diploma (GED), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and to provide Leadership Skills, that promoted intellectual growth, creativity, and self discipline. Working so closely with Lily, I was able to witness first hand her energetic and innovative approach for helping at-risk students to achieve academically. Under Lily’s leadership 80% of the students successfully completed the program. Lorraine Merrida-Roos BA, Liberal Arts MBA, Curriculum Design”

  • endorsed

    “Lily supported me throughout my undergrad years. She is an authentic, dedicated, and compassionate leader and educator!”

  • endorsed

    “She is a dedicated educator!”