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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Palm Springs Unified School DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico 1

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Thomas Lister-Looker

Realtor / Parent / Businessman
1,914 votos (20.22%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • STUDENTS – Providing a safe and encouraging environment with no tolerance for bullying; closing the achievement gap; providing Early Childhood Education throughout the district; and expanding the arts programs.
  • PARENTS – Providing a higher level of customer service and transparency; fostering engagement, involvement, and collaboration; and providing a comprehensive educational roadmap from kindergarten to graduation.
  • TEACHERS – Being more responsive to our most valuable assets; eliminating the barriers that interfere in providing quality education; and recognizing and rewarding teachers who are innovators.



Profesión:Over 25 years experience in financial services - banking, investments, retirement planning, business development
REALTOR, Self with HOM Sotheby's International Realty (2015–current)
REALTOR, Self with HK Lane Real Estate - Chrstie's International (2012–2015)
Project Management Consultant, Self (2008–2011)
Sr. Product Manager, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (2000–2003)
Sr. Project Manager, MedChannel, Inc. (2000–2000)


Western Governors University (WGU) B.A. in Special Education (in progress), Special Education Teacher, Mild to Moderate K-12, General Education Teacher K-8 (current)

Actividades comunitarias

Board President, CVASA - Coachella Valley Autism Society (2015–current)
Member - Community Involvement Comittee, CDAR - California Desert Association of REALTORS (2013–2014)
Animal Therapy Volunteer, Animal Samaritans, SPCA (2010–2012)
Board Member, Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) (2000–2003)
Board Member, New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) (2001–2003)


I’ve lived in the Coachella Valley since 2009 and a homeowner in Trustee Area 1 since 2012. I’m a parent of two children, ages 9 and 11, who’ve attended the PSUSD public schools since 2010. With both children having special needs, I’ve acquired extensive knowledge of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, which provides a unique perspective to the board especially since 12% of our student population is special education. My husband has been a special education teacher since 2010, and at Desert Hot Springs H.S. since 2012. I possess over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, which includes management positions in operations, retirement planning, financial planning, project management, marketing, and technology, and since 2012 I’ve been a licensed REALTOR. I have over 36 years of community involvement, including my current position as board president for the Coachella Valley Autism Society (CVASA). 


Since 1979 I’ve always been active as an advocate and volunteer in my community, from being an advisor for Junior Achievement, to a tennis coach for Special Olympics, or a board member for non-profits.  I’ve participated in two consecutive California AIDS Rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 600 miles in seven days, and raised over $15,000 in the process.  I created a scholarship fund at my old high school, and became a school district approved public speaker in Tampa, FL to educate middle and high school students on sex education and HIV/AIDS awareness.  I’ve also done animal therapy with my shepherd/lab mix dog, Humphrey, in special education classrooms right here in the desert.  This is what I know, this is what I do, and this is what I want to keep doing as a Governing Board Member for Palm Springs Unified School District.  

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Featured Endorsements

  • Riverside County Democratic Party
  • Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
  • Eduardo Garcia, CA Assemblyman for 56th District

Organizaciónes (8)

  • Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
  • Desert Stonewall Democrats
  • Democratic Women of the Desert
  • Democrats of the Desert
  • Riverside County Democratic Party
  • Victory Fund
  • Equality California

Funcionarios electos (2)

  • Eduardo Garcia, CA Assemblyman for 56th District
  • Geoff Kors, City Council Member for Palm Springs

Individuos (4)

  • Bob Alcumbrac, former Thousand Palms Community Council Member
  • Jane Alcumbrac, Palm Springs Cemetery District Trustee
  • Jacqueline "Jackie" Lopez, District Director for Assemblyman Garcia - 56th District and Candidate for Indio City Council
  • Greg Rodriguez, Candidate for CA Assembly District 42

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de 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?
Respuesta de Thomas Lister-Looker:

In the past the district has distributed funds to school sites and programs equally rather than targeting those areas where there is clearly a greater need by the students, teachers, site administrators, and even by the community. The LCAP, or Local Control and Accountability Plan, provides the district with flexibility when it comes to distributing these funds, with some input from parents, educators, district employees, and the community. Going forward, the district needs to solicit even more input from parents and the community, and then analyze this feedback by specific geographic and demographic areas, such as Desert Hot Springs versus Palm Springs, because the areas of need will be different, and must be prioritized and funded accordingly. Because the LCAP funds are based on the socioeconomic disadvantaged student population, then the vast majority of these funds has to go to those areas with the greatest needs, specifically towards English Learners, closing the achievement gap, and additional resources for special education.

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