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Alameda Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Dennis Popalardo

8,144 votes (11.06%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintaining our system of neighborhood schools and small class sizes
  • Attracting and retaining excellent teachers and classified employees through better compensation and benefits
  • Ensuring equity for all students in Alameda



Partner, Boxer & Gerson (2005–current)


Pepperdine University Juris Doctor, Law (1992)
Fairfield University Bachelor of Arts, Politics (1989)

Community Activities

Founding Board Member, Kids' Chance California (2012–current)


Dennis was born and raised in Connecticut. His parents were blue collar workers and he was the first person in his family to attend college. He moved to California in 1989 and has resided in Alameda since 2007. He is married and he and his wife have a son who attends first grade at Bay Farm School in Alameda. Dennis received his law degree from Pepperdine University and earned his bachelor's degree in politics from Fairfield University, where he graduated cum laude.  Since his admission to the California State Bar in 1992, Dennis has devoted his entire practice to the field of workers' compensation. He is certified as a workers' comp specialist and was recognized as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers by San Francisco Magazine in 2006. Currently Dennis is a Partner at Boxer & Gerson, LLP, a firm which he joined in 2005.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Solana Henneberry, President, Alameda Unified School District Board of Education
  • California School Employees Association
  • Alameda Firefighters – International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 689

Organizations (5)

  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 5
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • Operating Engineers, Local 3
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA)

Elected Officials (5)

  • Libby Schaff, Mayor of Oakland
  • Nancy Skinner, former California State Assembly member and current State Senate candidate
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alameda City Council member
  • David Mitchell, Alameda Planning Board Member
  • Malia Cohen, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Individuals (5)

  • Patty Osborne, AUSD Teacher
  • Jennifer Frankel, AUSD Teacher
  • Cindy Frankel, AUSD Teacher
  • Solveiga Rekte, AUSD Teacher
  • Frank Munoz, President, CSEA 860

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Dennis Popalardo:
Communication is important. In Alameda, we have an LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) Parent Advisory Committee. I will make myself available to that committee, as well as school site councils, PTA’s, and other community organizations, to answer questions and address concerns regarding the LCAP.  l also believe the LCAP needs to be available in the languages spoken in the community.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dennis is a progressive Democrat. He believes that the State has an obligation to properly fund education.  In California, we educate one out of eight children in this country, but we are 48th in education spending. He believes this needs to change and he is committed to working with our State representatives to bring about change in this area. He also believes in equity for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background. 

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