Andrea Cobb announces candidacy for Tacoma School Board

Andrea Cobb, currently a project manager for the Tacoma Housing Authority and formerly a policy analyst for the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Tacoma School Board.

Cobb will run for Position 4 on the board, a seat currently held by Kurt Miller. Miller said he does not plan to seek a third board term.

Tacoma School Board members run at large, representing the entire city, for a term of six years.

“I am pursuing this position because I understand the needs of students in the district and the challenges educators face in their effort to meet those needs,” Cobb said in a news release.

She said she believes the school district is headed in a positive direction, but added “it is going to take a lot of hard and thoughtful work to implement all of the reforms in assessment, student learning standards and teacher evaluation that the state has called for, while still keeping a focus on the unique needs for our community.”

Cobb grew up in Tacoma and spent her entire K-12 years in Tacoma schools, attending Jennie Reed Elementary, Baker Middle School and Lincoln High School.

In addition to her work for OSPI and for the housing authority, Cobb has also worked as a college admission counselor at the University of Puget Sound and at her alma mater, Willamette University. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and is currently working on a PhD in education leadership and policy studies at UW.

Cobb is a member of the board for Palmer Scholars, a Tacoma-based nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentoring support for low-income students of color. She lives in central Tacoma with her husband and three boys.

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