In 2017 and 2018, I led Start School Later California. In this pro bono role, I worked closely with the office of California State Senator Anthony Portantino to advocate for a bill requiring middle and high schools to start at 8:30 a.m. or later. (These start times are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and many others because of the significant health implications of too-early start times for adolescents.). Although the bill was vetoed by Governor Brown in September of 2018, it was re-introduced in early 2019.
I provided a range of communications services, including creating communications materials, testifying before the Assembly Education Committee, conducting media outreach and interviews (radio, print and web), and serving as a liaison with leading researchers, community members and volunteers.
Click here to read an EdSource.org article from Sept 20, 2018, in which I was quoted about the bill’s veto.
Click here to hear my interview on Forum, on NPR's Bay Area affiliate KQED, which aired Aug. 8, 2017.
Click here to see footage of my testimony supporting SB 328 at the California State Assembly Education Committee meeting on July 12, 2017.