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Brews and Views Hosts Cabrillo Unified School District’s Presentation Planning for 60 Housing Units for Teachers and Staff

September 21st, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event.


Brews & Views welcomes Cabrillo Unified School District’s Board President Sophia Layne Superintendent Sean McPhetridge, and Brookwood Advisors Allan Katz and Chris White for a discussion about CUSD’s mission, vision, and strategies, including a preview of Cabrillo Unified School District’s current design of 60 rental townhomes and apartments for faculty and staff in Half Moon Bay.


Alan Katz and Chris White of Brookwood Advisors have extensive experience working with California school districts and other institutions to develop their surplus and underutilized properties into workforce housing and other beneficial uses, including the recently completed 122-unit 705 Serramonte Blvd project in Daly City for faculty and staff of the Jefferson Union High School District.

  • Despite a large influx of emergency funding during the pandemic, California’s public schools continue to face higher demands including inadequate funding, workforce shortages, and housing.
  • CUSD has begun a strategic planning process to continuously improve outcomes for students.
  • CUSD’s strategic plan is focused on continuous academic improvement, educational equity, supporting the ‘whole child’, and achieving sustainability.
  • CUSD’s strategic plan includes exploring opportunities to develop and offer housing to support their employees and their families, and to attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified workforce.




Dr. Sean McPhetridge, Superintendent Cabrillo Unified School District
Dr. Sean McPhetridge was hired to serve as Superintendent of Cabrillo Unified School District in 2019 after serving for five years in the same role in Alameda Unified School District. In 2022, the CUSD Governing Board renewed his contract for another four years. Dr. McPhetridge earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University, an administrative credential from California State University at Sacramento, a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Los Angeles. Proficient in Spanish, Dr. McPhetridge has worked for thirty years in various educational roles and settings.


Sophia Layne, Board President Cabrillo Unified School District
Sophia Layne is in her second term as a member of the CUSD Governing Board. She also actively advocates for public education as Vice President of the San Mateo County School Board Association and a Delegate and Legislative Committee Member of the California School Board Association. She spent 16 years in various leadership roles at Genentech and other biotech and consulting firms in the Bay Area after earning her Masters’ degree at NYU and Bachelors’ at Rutgers University.




Lenny Mendonca
Moderator, Co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom of California. He is a Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and a Lecturer on Inequality at the Stanford Business School.



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Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) Trustee Meetings ~ 2nd Thursday @ 6:00pm


The Cabrillo Unified School District School Governing Board is comprised of five school board members who are elected by the local community. The role of the school board is to provide leadership and oversight of the district. The Board ensures that the district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community.

The term of office for school board members elected in regular elections is four years, beginning on the second Friday in December after their election.  The board meets at least once a month at the District Office, 498 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. Meetings are open to the public and are usually held on Thursday nights at 6 pm.  A portion of the board meeting consists of a “closed” session for the purpose of discussing confidential matters, such as personnel or student issues.


 Board Member SOPHIA LAYNE
Term: 2020-2024
Vice President
Term: 2020-2024
 Carmen Daniel
ClerkTerm: 2022-2026
 Board Member LIZET CORTES
Term: 2022-2026
Term: 2022-2026

District Elections & Trustee Area Maps

What District Area do I belong to?

CUSD residents can visit this map and type in their address to learn which Trustee Area represents them on the CUSD Governing Board.

Who is my District Area representative?

Trustee Area A:  Carmen Daniel (Term expires: 2026)
Trustee Area B:  Kimberly Hines (Term expires: 2024)
Trustee Area C:  Lizet Cortes (Term expires: 2026)
Trustee Area D:  Sophia Layne (Term expires: 2024)
Trustee Area E:  Mary Beth Alexander (Term expires: 2026)



What does the School Board do?

The Board works with the Superintendent to fulfill its major responsibilities, which includes:

  • Setting the direction for the district
  • Establishing an effective and efficient organizational structure for the district
  • Providing support to the Superintendent and staff
  • Ensuring accountability to the public for the performance of the district’s school
  • Providing community leadership and advocacy on behalf of students, the district’s educational program, and public education
  • Ensuring that the district is meeting its commitments to parents/guardians, all members of the community, employees, the state of California, laws pertaining to education, and established policies of the district

Governing Board Committees & Assignments

Committees and Assignments Board Member(s)
San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization Kimberly Hines / Mary Beth (Backup)
Career Technical Education Advisory Committee Sophia Layne / Mary Beth Alexander
City-District (2+2) Committee Sophia Layne / Kimberly Hines
CSBA & Legislative Action Representatives Sophia Layne / Kimberly Hines
District English Learner Advisory Committee Lizet Cortes / Carmen Daniel
Environmental Sustainability Committee Lizet Cortes / Mary Beth Alexander
Budget Advisory Committee Mary Beth Alexander / Carmen Daniel
Latino Round Table  Lizet Cortes / Sophia Layne
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Alliance Mary Beth Alexander / Sophia Layne
San Mateo County School Board Association  Sophia Layne / Mary Beth Alexander

Updated: December 14, 2022




Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
(650) 712-7112


September 21st, 2023
6:00pm - 8:00pm
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