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Highline School District No. 401

Director District No. 4

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

Statement: I know it’s not easy to hear, but our schools’ educational report card signaled a steep decline before the pandemic, with 2 out of 3 kids currently falling below grade-level in Reading, Science and Math. We can do better! ( 


As a mother of 6 children, I have great interest in their educational future and I believe we can get our children back on track and make up the significant learning-loss.  As your School Board Director, I will strive to: bring back an Academic Focus that builds 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 Relations by providing our children with full communicative support, reinforcement, and mental health services. I will bring a Balanced & Fair Approach to ensure fiscal accountability, respecting all viewpoints, and advocate 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 stronger foundational future that we can all get behind. I ask for your Vote!


Proudly supported by parents, teachers, small business-owners and community members. 

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.

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