Nancy Thomas was a member of the Newark Unified School District Board of Education from 2002 to 2019. During her tenure, Ms. Thomas held several leadership positions impacting the District, including several terms on the Board of the Mission Valley ROP and the City/District Joint Task Force on Youth Issues.
Ms. Thomas is proud of contributing to the passage of Measure G, Newark Quality Education and Safe Classrooms, which resulted in numerous facilities upgrades. Another notable accomplishment was her work as Co-Principal Investigator on a $7 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Math Science Partnership Grant and Noyce Supplemental Grant. Newark’s participation brought over $300,000 in support for the district’s elementary and middle school science programs.
Making a difference in education is a driving force in her career and further demonstrated by Ms. Thomas’s nine years as a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly Member for Region 7B Alameda County. She was a five-year appointee as CSBA’s representative to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Federated Council.
Ms. Thomas is currently treasurer for the Newark Educational Foundation. She is actively involved in the Newark Rotary Club and Newark Optimist Club. She has served in the past as a Board member for Kidango, Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS).
Ms. Thomas received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She retired from Hewlett Packard Company after 25 years of service.
Ms. Thomas is a proud parent and grandparent to three adult children and five grandchildren. She enjoys playing bridge, cycling, and traveling.