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Highline School District No. 401

Director District No. 4

Carlos M. Ruiz

Carlos M. Ruiz

411 SW 186TH ST


Education: BA in Management, University of Phoenix
Occupation: Strategic and Operational Consulting

Carlos has lived in Normandy Park since moving there from New York City in 2011 with his wife of 14 years;  his experience going through the NYC public school system is what drives his passion for access to a quality education for all. 

Carlos has a technology and consulting background, having worked for large companies such as NBC Universal and Google. For the past 4 years he has served as the Board Chair for Seattle Credit Union helping the financial institution achieve its mission of serving communities traditionally ignored by large banks. Carlos is passionate about volunteering with community focused organizations of varying scope. He is currently a part of the Marvista Elementary PTSA, where his two daughters attend. He also volunteers his time as a board member with Southeast Effective Development (SEED), a non-profit focused on affordable housing, supporting the arts, and economic development. In the past he has served on the board of Pioneer Human Services and was appointed by Governor Inslee as a commissioner with the Commission on Hispanic Affairs, representing the counties of King and Pierce.

Carlos is excited at the opportunity to advocate for all the families served by the Highline School District.


Joey Martinez

Joey Martinez

429 S 189TH ST

BURIEN, WA 98148

(206) 922-3122

Education: Garces High & Bakersfield Junior College alum. Technology & Coaching certified professional.
Occupation: Mount Rainier Pacific/Sylvester football coach, ISOutsource IT Solutions Architect

Joey is the ideal candidate with extensive experience, dedication, and community involvement. He has strong connections to the local schools, with his children graduating from the district and wife (Jackie) being a Tyee alumna. Joey's commitment to the community is demonstrated through his active participation on the Burien Planning Commission and the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC-2016).

Joey played a guiding role in the rebuilding and design processes of several schools as part of the CFAC-2016. This includes rebuilding Highline High, Des Moines Elementary, and a new Glacier Middle School,as well as the design of a new Evergreen, Tyee, and Pacific.

Joey began a successful coaching career for Highline schools in 2014, contributing to both Mount Rainier and Pacific/Sylvester football. His passion for creating a better community for children has remained steadfast over the years. Currently employed at a modern consulting company, Joey utilizes his knowledge to assist clients in making informed business decisions.

As a coach, I understand that my role extends far beyond the field. I've had the privilege of mentoring nearly 1,000 students and with your vote, I am eager to bring this same level of dedication to guiding our district towards a brighter future for all.


Melissa Petrini

Melissa Petrini

17837 1ST AVE S #101


Education: BS, Business Management, Minor in Finance, BYU-Idaho 2003, AA Print Journalism, Ricks College 2000
Occupation: Dental Office Financial Manager, Home Educator, Autism/Down-Syndrome Advocate

Let’s face it! Our schools’ state educational report card was in steep decline before the pandemic, but with 2 out of 3 kids currently falling below grade-level in Reading and Math, we must do better! ( 


As a mother of 6 children, I have taken great interest in their education personally, but I believe we have lost our focus that distracts their path and potential trajectory. As your School Board Director, I will strive to:


Bring back an Educational Focus of Excellency using tried and true methods and academics that build foundational knowledge, invigorates and challenges kids interests, and prepares them to be mentally resilient, emotionally independent, and academically balanced for their future. I will Build Stronger Student/Parent/Teacher Relationships by providing our children with full communicative support, reinforcement, and confidence in their parents, working alongside their teachers. I will bring a Balanced & Fair Approach while engaging with the community and respecting all viewpoints, and fight for policies that are thoughtful, fair, and sound. 

Drawing on my experiences, education, and community outreach, I will do my best to represent parents and educators to build a strong foundational future that we can all get behind. I ask for your Vote!

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