This week, at a public education unity rally, Tina Wu Fredericks launched her campaign for Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, District 6. A mother of two PUSD students, Fredericks, is running to “instill integrity in its decision-making process, empower PUSD families, and focus on establishing equity for all students,” according to a press release issued.
“Like so many PUSD parents, I have grown extremely frustrated by the repeated school closures and the impact they have on our community,” says Fredericks. “The school board’s lack of communication to parents and the community has caused us to lose confidence in PUSD’s leadership. We need to reestablish trust in our district’s leadership so that we can collectively work toward a positive future for PUSD. My goal is to create an inclusive environment that brings parents, teachers, business people, community members, and public and non-profit providers together for the benefit of our schools.”
Formerly a public school teacher, Fredericks is currently a lead engineer at Green Dot, a global financial technology company headquartered in Pasadena. She taught math at Burbank Unified School District and Fremont Union High School District in San Jose. Fredericks served on Willard Elementary School’s PTA Board as vice president, treasurer for two terms, and currently as legislative advocate. She launched the Willard PTA’s first annual Read-a-thon in 2018, which raised over $20,000 for classroom supplies and field trips this year. She was also a member of Pasadena Education Foundation’s Community Engagement & Advocacy Committee.
Fredericks earned her bachelor’s in mathematics at UC San Diego and her California Teaching Credential from National University. She has lived with her husband Alec and two daughters in East Pasadena for eight years. As a local education advocate, Fredericks is co-sponsor of Public Funds for Public Schools Resolution 19-05.92 which strengthens local control on charter schools and was adopted by the California Democratic Party in August 2019.