Esther R. Valdes, is the Principal Attorney of Valdes & Associates, a San Diego based law firm. Ms. Valdes is a native San Diegan, and a graduate of UCSD, and UC Berkeley School of Law and the proud parent of a CUSD graduate. She understands the concerns of our parents to achieve the highest academic results for their students, and is able to represent the interests of our educators in gaining access to the best resources to educate our future leaders. This requires variety in our elective courses, recruitment and retention of the best educators in San Diego, generating trust between all stakeholders, and fiduciary responsibility among the Board members. Ms. Valdes' highest priority is to ensure a quality education for all of our students and maintain communication between parents, educators and the community. As a business owner, Ms. Valdes will ensure that economy and efficiency are at the forefront when considering the allocation of financial resources. As an attorney, Ms. Valdes is able to assess risks and analyze areas of growth and potential challenges to our school district. Ms. Valdes has the best experience, legal training, and personal resolve to represent our future leaders, educators and community.