Boulder Valley School District

Elections 2023

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Board of Education Director District elections will be held on November 7, 2023.  

Meet the BVSD Board of Education Candidates

The Board of Education is made up of seven elected volunteers, representing seven geographic areas of our community. This November, four seats are up for election. 

Acting together, the Board of Education does the following:

  • Acts as a bridge between the community and the school district
  • Hires and supervises the superintendent
  • Provides the district with high-level guidance/direction
  • Creates and revises BVSD’s policies
Your candidates are:
Detailed candidate information will be added to the website no later than September 8, 2023.
  • Andrew Brandt, Director District D
    Contact Andrew at or visit
    Address: 3201 Wright Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301

  • Jorge Chávez, Director District G
    Contact Jorge at or visit 
    Address: 2966 Hughs Drive, Erie, Colorado 80516

  • Neil Fishman, Director District A
    Contact Neil at or visit 
    Address: 2135 King Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302  

    • Neil Fishman was educated in the public schools (K-12; BA/MS, geology, CU), is an award-winning research geologist, and is an ardent supporter of public schools.  He’s worked for decades locally in the social justice arena with non-profits, governments, and BVSD.  He played a pivotal role in including gender identity/expression in BVSD’s non-discrimination policy.  And he was a front-line activist working collaboratively with BVSD and municipalities to get progressive social studies standards passed by the CO Board of Education. He has a demonstrated record in addressing difficult and complex problems, which will be critical as BVSD addresses declining enrollment. 

  • Stuart Lord, Director District G
    Contact Stuart at or visit
    Address: 2490 Cana Court, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

    • Stuart Lord, an accomplished educator and advocate, empowers students and promotes leadership. He's raised $150+ million for education, striving for quality access. As CEO of Delta Developmental, LLC in Boulder, Colorado, leveraging prior roles as Dean and Associate Provost at DePauw University and Dartmouth. Stuart led the President's Summit for America's Future during President Bill Clinton's tenure and served as Naropa University's first African-American President. Engaged in BVSD Partnership Council and NAACP PAC, his journey from New Rochelle foster care to degrees from Texas Christian University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary underscores his unwavering commitment to educational excellence.

  • Alex Medler, Director District C
    Contact Alex at or visit                  
    Address: 1070 Edinboro Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80305    

    • Alex moved to Boulder in 1992. He and his wife raised two children who attended Community Montessori, Southern Hills, and Fairview. They were both active in their kids’ schools and the district throughout their schooling. He has 30 years of experience leading Colorado and national non-profits and governmental entities focused on education and children's policy. He is committed to public education, and has worked to promote school quality, advance student equity, and improve outcomes for children. He has led various non-profit boards and state task forces, bringing people together to find common sense solutions. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from CU Boulder.

  • Cynthia Nevison, Director District C
    Contact Cynthia at or visit
    Address: 960 Miami Way, Boulder, Colorado 80305

  • Anil Pesaramelli, Director District G
    Contact Anil at or visit
    Address: 2005 Marfell Street, Erie, Colorado 80516

    • My journey has taken me on a diverse career path, from studying Chemical Engineering, to becoming a software engineer, cooking on a food truck, managing an insurance agency, and founding my own tech company. While these roles may seem unrelated, they all share a common thread – they represent my unwavering pursuit of passion and the courage to explore new horizons. I believe in revisiting and reimagining our curriculum to make it more engaging and relevant to the interests of our students. I wish our educational system to be a guiding light for all students as they explore their own paths.

  • Lalenia Quinlan Aweida, Director District D
    Contact Lalenia at or visit
    Address: 7278 Augusta Drive, Boulder, Colorado  80301 

    • Lalenia grew up in Boulder and has three children in public school. She has worked in BVSD classrooms for six years as a Sexual Assault Prevention Educator. Lalenia currently serves on the BVSD Title IX Advisory Council, works as a Restorative Justice Facilitator for the District Attorney's Office, and recently completed BVSD's Leadership Academy.   She will utilize her strong community relationships to promote mental health, safety and equity for our students.  Lalenia is proudly endorsed by BVSD’s Teachers Union and will work to support academic excellence and meaningful pathways for all students post graduation.  

  • Andrew Steffl, Director District C
    Contact Andrew at or visit
    Address: 3487 Blanca Peak Court, Superior, Colorado 80027

  • Jason Unger, Director District A
    Contact Jason at or visit
    Address: 1790 Baseline Road, Boulder, Colorado 80302

    • Jason Unger is running for BVSD School Board to represent District A. He has spent his life working to improve public education for all kids. He started as a 4th grade teacher in Compton, CA, where he was awarded the 2001 National Elementary Teacher of the Year. Jason worked as an elementary school administrator, and then as the education advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Jason and his wife have three children - two at BVSD schools, and another who will be in the district until 2039! For more information, visit 

You may view the Colorado Secretary of State's TRACER website for a current list of potential candidates. 

Board of Education Candidate Forum

Learn about the candidates running for the Board of Education during the forum hosted by the BVSD District Parent Council, Impact on Education, and the League of Women Voters Boulder County.

The Candidate Forum is a great opportunity to learn about the candidates who are running in each of the four open seats -- A, C, D, and G. 

The Board of Education Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at the BVSD Education Center.

It will be broadcast on BV22 (Comcast Channel 22 and online at

Learn more about the Candidate Form by clicking here.

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Want to know more about the Candidates?

Our community will be holding several Board of Education candidate forums this election season. Each of BVSD's available director district seats is contested, so you will want to be informed about where each candidate stands on the issues that are facing the school district. As a voter,  you will cast your vote for a director in each open seat, A, C, D, and G, as candidates, although they must live in the director district in which they run, do run at-large. 

September 20, 2023 5-7pm 

  • Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road in Boulder 

  • Hosted by the Dem Women/Women Dems


September 28, 2023 TBD

  • Frasier Meadows, 350 Ponca Place in Boulder 

  • Hosted by the  Frasier Retirement Community


October 2, 2023 6:00pm 

  • Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains, 3340 Mitchell Lane in Boulder 

  • Hosted by Out Boulder County


October 18, 2023 6-7:30pm 

  • BVSD Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road in Boulder 

  • Hosted by BVSD District Parent Council, Impact on Education, and League of Women Voters 

  • Link to this event is above 


So you want to run for School Board, now what?

  1. Confirm your Director District. If you are interested in serving on the BVSD Board of Education, you will want to make sure that you live in a Director District that has a seat that will be open for election this November. Those seats are A, C, D and G.

  2. Do your homework. Learn everything you can about BVSD. Chat with current Board members about your time commitment  and the expectations of a Board member. 
  3. Register on TRACER. Once you announce your candidacy, you will want to register on the Secretary of State's TRACER website. 
  4. Pull a petition. On August 9, 2023, you can begin picking up petitions from the school district. You will want to make an appointment with Laura Shafer, the district's Designated Election Official. She can be reached at 720-561-5114.
  5. Collect signatures. Candidates must collect a minimum of 50 certified signatures from registered voters who reside within the Boulder Valley School District boundaries. 
  6. Return your petition. Petitions must be returned no later than 4:30pm on Friday, September 1, 2023 to the Boulder Valley School District, specifically to Laura Shafer. Petitions and all accompanying documents must be notarized prior to return.

2023 Election Information

Four of the seven BVSD Board of Education seats will be up for election in November 2023,  two of which are term limited:
District A
District C
District D
District G

Candidates MUST live in the director district in which they are running; however, they are voted upon by the entire BVSD community. If you have questions about the director district in which you live, please use this link: Board of Education Director District Locator Map.

State & County Election Resources




The Boulder Valley School District No. RE-2 in the Counties of Boulder and Gilpin, and the City and County of Broomfield, State of Colorado, calls for nomination of candidates for school directors to be placed on the ballot for the regular biennial school election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

At this election four directors will be elected representing the following director districts: A, C, D, and G for a term of office of four (4) years. To be qualified, a candidate must have been a registered elector of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months before the election and a resident of the director district which will be represented. A person is ineligible to run for school director if he or she has been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child.

A person who desires to be a candidate for school director shall file a written notice of intention to be a candidate, a nomination petition signed by at least fifty (50) eligible electors who are registered to vote in the regular biennial school election along with circulator’s affidavits, a notarized acceptance of nomination, and an affidavit of school director candidate on qualifications for office.

Nomination petitions may be obtained at the Superintendent’s office at the Boulder Valley School District Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, in Boulder, Colorado. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are recommended.

Completed petitions shall be submitted to Laura Shafer, the School District’s designated election official, no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 1, 2023. Appointments are recommended.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Board of Education of Boulder Valley School District No. RE-2, in the Counties of Boulder and Gilpin, and the City and County of Broomfield, State of Colorado, has caused this call for nominations to be posted on the BVSD website on August 10, 2023.