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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

San Jose Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Peter Allen

Public Information Officer
2,167 votes (12.72%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Equity – As the largest and most diverse school district in Santa Clara County, San José Unified should be the gold standard for opportunity.
  • Support – We can set a new standard for local districts in helping make our region more affordable for educators and families.
  • Communication – We need to elevate the level of transparency with our community so you can hold us to a higher standard.



Profession:Public Information Officer
Communications Consultant, Self-employed (2012–current)
Commissioner, San José Planning Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Public Information Officer, San José Unified School District (2016–2018)
Managing Director, Teatro Visión de San José (2013–2016)
Commissioner, San José Arts Commission — Appointed position (2012–2016)


University of Southern California Bachelor of Fine Arts, Screenwriting (2000)

Community Activities

Member, Rotary Club of Campbell-San José West (2012–current)
Board Member, Teatro Visión de San José (2011–current)
Board Member, Democratic 21st Century Club (2011–current)
Member, Shasta Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association (2018–current)
Advisory Board Member, New Leaders Council - Silicon Valley (2010–2016)


Peter Allen was born and raised in San José. He graduated from Willow Glen Elementary, Hoover Middle School, and Bellarmine College Preparatory and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

For the past two years, Peter served as Public Information Officer for San José Unified School District, where he coordinated external and internal communications for the largest and most innovative school district in Silicon Valley and facilitated the engagement of 32,000 students and families, 3,500 employees, and 41 schools. He's excited by the opportunity to bring his passion for education to the Board of Trustees.

Prior to arriving at San José Unified, Peter served as Managing Director of Teatro Visión, a Chicanx-Latinx theater company nurturing arts and opportunity in underserved San José communities. He also owned and operated a small consulting practice specializing in online marketing and political campaigns.

Peter currently serves as Chair of the San José Planning Commission and previously served for four years on the San José Arts Commission. He is proud to be Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Campbell-San José West and was a founding board member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the New Leaders Council.

Peter's family has deep roots in our community going back nearly a century. His grandfather, Pete, owned Allen's Furniture, and his family operated Paolo's Restaurant, both longtime fixtures in Downtown San José. His mother, Janice, taught second grade at Willow Glen Elementary for almost 20 years, and his late father, Jack, was a local CPA serving more than 400 individual, business, and family clients.

Peter's wife, Angelica Ramos, is a public policy specialist, strategic consultant, and President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Silicon Valley. They live with their rescue dog, Josie, across the street from Lincoln High School.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Rich Garcia, Former San José Unified School District Trustee, Area 2

Organizations (2)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Silicon Valley Young Democrats

Elected Officials (4)

  • J. Manuel Herrera, Board President, East Side Union High School District
  • Anna Song, Vice President, Santa Clara County Board of Education
  • Fiona Ma, Vice Chair, California Board of Equalization
  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor

Individuals (3)

  • Millie Crosby, Teacher, Burnett Middle School
  • Sue Pavlik, SJUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
  • Marisa Hanson, Immediate Past President, East Side Teachers Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

From a young age, Peter was taught the values of hard work, sacrifice, and compassion that still mark every endeavor he undertakes. Watching his mother give everything she had, day in and day out, for her students inspired him to give back to his community at every opportunity. In many ways, his life is defined by Bellarmine's motto of Men for Others, Rotary's motto of Service Above Self, and San José Unified's motto of Be Curious.

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