Govind Tatachari

For Foothills DeAnza Governing Board

Education is vital to acquire knowledge and skills to match the changing needs of industry and society. 

I am running for the Foothill-DeAnza Board, to ensure that our community colleges remain excellent and affordable for all.

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Why I am running

Higher education is a key enabler for many to uplift themselves. It is vital to everyone but not everyone can afford a four-year college. I am running for the Foothill-DeAnza Board member position to ensure that our community colleges remain excellent and affordable for all. I will work to:

  1. Improve student success
  2. Improve transparency and accountability
  3. prioritize and ensure judicious use of bond money
  4. match programs to the changing needs of industry, region and society
  5. improve delivery of education
  6. honor and build community support

  • The Board needs a fresh set of eyes, skills, and perspectives. I bring in a strong technical background that complements the existing board members whose experiences are different.
  • We need to ensure students acquire knowledge and skills that match the changing needs of the industry. As a technology professional with over three decades of work experience, I bring to the Board my deep understanding of the changing needs of the industry.
  • With my passion and a strong interest in education, I will contribute to shaping programs and their delivery systems for students of all ages.
  • Current and new technologies are rapidly changing creation and delivery practices of educational materials. My training and work experience in the software industry spans five generations of changes in the computing and telecom sectors.
  • There are many policy issues that need consideration at the Board level. I cover some of the important issues that Foothill-De Anza community college district faces. My priorities and goals are listed under specific categories: Student success, Transparency and Accountability, Match programs & industry needs, and Community interface. With these I will make a strong contribution to success of FHDA.
  • It is critical to have an educational process that delivers top-quality education while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

I humbly ask for your vote and support. I am ready and will be honored to serve the community and together we can build a better and resilient Foothill-De Anza community college district with improved student outcomes, fiscal accountability, and responsible leadership.

Govind Tatachari
B. Tech (EE), MS (CSA), Certificate in Business Administration

The Leadership
Foothills De Anza Needs

In higher education, the impact of the pandemic on students, education and its delivery, the rising cost of college education and the changing needs of the industry are very significant factors. They made me think hard about how I could better involve myself and address the current and emergent challenges.

Foothill-De Anza community colleges are a way to fulfill educational, professional and personal learning goals. For many who want to avail it, these colleges are an affordable means to higher education and upward economic mobility. I am committed to protect this opportunity, ensure its affordability and expand it.

With my strong interest in education, I will help improve and develop our community colleges for the many residents that need them. I will help shape programs and their delivery systems for students of all ages to help them acquire knowledge and skills to match changing needs of industry and essential services.

Foothill – DeAnza Community

College District

great asset to the FHDA education system


“Govind goes the extra length to understand root cause of the problem. He takes the time to explain the situation to community members it will affect and understands their concerns.
He cares to compile and consolidate a plan of action and rolls it out keeping our future in mind. In the process, he is mindful of transparency and accountability.
He takes pride in community consensus and I highly recommend him as he has my vote and will be a great asset to the FHDA education system.”


Simran Raheja

Govind deeply cares about our future


“Govind deeply cares about our future and will carefully lookout for the community’s bond money, provide much-needed transparency, bring back the arts supporting our life-long learners, provide real community outreach, tackle housing and enrollment, focus on new programming for a robust economy, and bring a fresh set of eyes for the district.”


Kitty  Moore, Chair, Cupertino Planning Commission

Balance the needs and be fiscally responsible.


“I am endorsing Govind for Foothill-De Anza community Board as he understands how to balance the needs and be fiscally responsible by cutting wasteful expenditures.”


Balaji Seshachalam, Vice-President, TekPundits Inc

A fresh voice that will focus on student’s success


“I am supporting Govind for FHDA board member position. As a parent of De Anza College kid and local Cupertino resident, I want a fresh voice that will focus on the student’s success. 


I have known Govind for many years, I am so impressed with his tireless involvement in the community, because of the contributions he made to our city and because of his steadfast commitment to public education, I urge my friends to join me to support Govind.”


Yuwen Su, Mom of De Anza College Student

A record of acting with courage, intelligence and integrity


"Govind has a track record of acting with tremendous courage, outstanding intelligence and real integrity in fighting for the community against special interests who want to take over our public land and institutions for their private gain.  Together with a small band of upstanding citizens, Govind stood up in court to fight for citizen participation and fair election rights in a lawsuit that went all the way to the California Supreme Court."  


Bern Steves - Attorney, Civil Rights and International Matters

Improve the quality and outcomes of public resource efforts.


Govind has tirelessly worked with city and neighboring city leaders to improve the quality and outcomes of public resource efforts. Please support this fearless volunteer who is battling all those working with developers and special interests to the detriment of our community.


Joe Pereira, resident of Cupertino

Transparency and accountability.


"Govind fights to bring transparency and accountability to municipal government. I trust Govind to bring process integrity to the FHDA District."


Eric Schaefer, Cupertino resident

The Board will significantly gain from his background and knowledge


I fully endorse Govind Tatachari for the Foothill-De-Anza District Board. He has a solid background in technology and has worked on leading edge IT applications and platforms that are transforming the world of tomorrow. The Board will significantly gain from his background and knowledge and his deep desire to transform education of Foothill-DeAnza College students and shape them for the technology world of tomorrow.


Sesh R, (Technology Entrepreneur

A Vision For The Future

I envision some goals that will enhance board priorities and bring more value to the mission of the Foothill-De Anza community college district in line with its strategic plan . With my strong technical and industry background, I will help formulate and drive policies to achieve them.

Goals

Actionable Issues

There are many issues specific to the Foothill-De Anza district that need to be addressed by the Board. They are presented by categories on the Issues page. Click on the link below to review them.

Issues

Contribute to a Cause

Running for an elected office is a monumental task. One major aspect is funds to buy lawn signs and stakes, print flyers, and pay for many other expenses. To help bring a fresh perspective to the Foothill-De Anza board and help my candidature, please help us by making a donation, Thank you.

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Voter Registration Deadlines

Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than: October 19, 2020

Election Date: November 3, 2020

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