School Board Trustee, Berryessa Union School District Educator, Professional Coach/Mentor Community Leader

Thelma was born in the province of Bohol, Philippines. She came to America at the age of ten and lived with her adopted parents in Grover Beach, California. Her adopted father, a World War II veteran, was one of the original “manongs” who immigrated to America in the 1920’s. Thelma’s adopted mother, her own biological aunt, came to America as a young war widow. Both parents were active in community affairs. Thelma received her BA degree and Secondary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and MA degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University. Thelma retired after a 37 year-career in education. She continued her dedication to education at San Jose State University and The National Hispanic University where she was an adjunct professor, supervising and training graduate students entering the teaching profession. Thelma currently is a professional expert coach to newly promoted principals and school administrators for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Thelma is seeking re-election after a successful four-year term on the Berryessa Union School District Governing Board of Trustees in San Jose, CA. She holds the distinction of being the first Filipina to be elected and the only female serving on the Board of Trustees, thus expanding her influence and commitment to youth and community. A sought-after educator and community leader, Thelma has been the recipient of many awards including being recognized as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S., as well as one of the Most Influential Women in the World, by the Filipina Women’s Network, a world-wide organization focusing on the advancement in the role of Filipina women throughout the world. She is one of the contributing authors of the second and third books on Leadership called DISRUPT 2.0 Filipina Women: Daring to Lead and DISRUPT 3.0 Filipina Women: Rising. She has been recognized by State legislative leaders, as well as various community organizations for her dedication to public service.

Gabriella Makstman

My name is Gabriella Makstman. I am a candidate for Daly City Council and I am asking for your vote. I am running to be a representative of the immigrant communities in Daly City.

I immigrated to the United States in 1988 from Latvia, a country in Eastern Europe that was under the dictatorship of the USSR. After my family escaped, I was lucky to grow up in San Francisco, graduate from Lowell High School and San Francisco State University. Now I want to give back to my community.

I have lived in Daly City for most of my adult life and my husband and I are raising our two girls here. We are both passionate about public service. He is Chief Information Security Officer for the City and County of San Francisco.

I am running for Daly City Council to make sure our streets are cleaner, our homes are safer, and that the city budget can support seniors, the youth and the immigrants. I am the best candidate for Daly City because I am the only candidate with 15 years of financial planning experience. I’ve worked for companies like Gap, Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, planning budgets and helping manage expenses. I will make sure Daly City is spending our money wisely.

Please vote for me, Gabriella Makstman for Daly City Council!