Tacoma native Alisa Regala O'Hanlon announced her candidacy for Tacoma School Board Position 4, the seat currently held by Kurt Miller.
Miller is not seeking re-election this fall. Andrea Cobb, a project manager for the Tacoma Housing Authority, earlier announced her candidacy for the same school board seat.
“A number of innovations in Tacoma Schools are becoming nationally recognized. I see the opportunity for Tacoma Schools to be a model of success, but key to this success is our community and governmental partnerships,” Regala O'Hanlon said in a news release.
Regala O'Hanlon works for the City of Tacoma, focusing on federal and tribal government relations.
Over the last three years, she has cultivated a coalition between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Tacoma Public Schools, and the Tacoma Housing Authority focused on a community center for Tacoma's Eastside. She said that experience contributed to her decision to run for school board.
She has the endorsement of State Rep. Laurie Jenkins, retired State Rep. Dennis Flannigan, Tacoma City Council members Ryan Mello, Marty Campbell, Lauren Walker and Robert Thoms, as well as community activists Lua Pritchard with the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Shalisa Hayes with the Billy Ray Shirley Foundation and Mothers of Magnitude.
She has more than two decades of experience as a community organizer and government relations professional. She attended McCarver Elementary School, Jason Lee Middle School and was a fourth-generation Stadium High School graduate. In addition to her lifetime of involvement in Tacoma's schools as a student, parent, volunteer, and mentor, Regala O'Hanlon has served on the boards of the YWCA and Communities in Schools – Tacoma.
Regala O'Hanlon and her husband, Craig O'Hanlon, have two daughters – one currently enrolled in Tacoma schools, and one who has graduated.
For more information, go to www.alisaregalaohanlon.com.