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Mercer Island School District No. 400

Director Position No. 5

Jody Lee

Jody Lee

PO BOX 963


Education: American University: MA, Conflict Resolution/Cross-Cultural Communication. Rutgers University: BA, Political Science/French
Occupation: Community volunteer; Former Dispute Resolution Specialist, U.S. State Department

Our schools are among the state’s best; I want to make them better. Volunteering for many years in the classroom, PTSA, and district committees, I have learned of opportunities to close gaps in communication, funding, and support for our children.


Student mental health is critically important. I’m a board member of MIYFS Foundation, which co-funds our counselors. I want every student to see themselves reflected and feel they belong in our schools. Our vibrant arts, music, and extracurricular programs are critical to the student experience.


Academic rigor is also a top priority. Students need learning opportunities that challenge them, while also having access to appropriate support so they can thrive. I trust our educators. I think the structure of the board in our district is solid, but I’m always looking for ways to improve any organization of which I am a part. Endorsements: MI Education Association, 41st/KC Dems, NWPC-WA

Todd White

Todd White

3427 79TH AVE SE


(240) 561-4958

Education: MS, Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA. BS, Engineering Technology, Arizona State University
Occupation: Experimental Test Pilot, The Boeing Company

Our district is among the best in the state. My priorities are deteriorating academic standards, declining student enrollment and financial sustainability. Our family has two children attending elementary school in the district.


With over 20 years working as an engineering experimental test pilot and having served as an executive director leading teams and budgets very similar in size to the district,  I understand the importance of a STEM-focused, inclusive curriculum supporting the academic and emotional well-being of all students.


Hicap and AP classes are foundational. I understand the necessity for services which provide life skills for our special learners. I am committed to identifying needed resources to maintain small class sizes and providing additional support to our teachers. I am endorsed by Mercer Island Mayor Salim Nice, council members Lisa Anderl and Jake Jacobson, former school board director Dave Myerson and past council members Tom Acker and Mike Cero.

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