Dianna MacDonald is the 2017-19 California State PTA President and represents the PTA on the ACS WASC Commission. A firm believer in early childhood education and family engagement, MacDonald has worked with all stakeholders and members of the state Education Coalition; working to ensure the best outcomes for the youngest Californians and their families.
Ms. MacDonald is a past school board trustee for the Cloverdale Unified School District and past member of the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. Ms. MacDonald completed the Masters in Governance programs through the California School Boards Association. Additionally, she has a deep understanding of school finance and policy. She is certified in the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process and has experience with local implementation.
Ms. MacDonald he has served PTA at the local, regional and state levels in various roles including serving as a family engagement legislative advocate, doing advocacy and policy work focusing on early-childhood education, child care, foster care, CalWORKs programs for low socio-economic and military families. As the previous California State PTA Vice President for Education, she focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, the new state education standards, Special Education and closing the achievement and opportunity gap. She is certified as a Training Capacity Building Initiative (TCBI) National PTA presenter, a National Issue Forum Moderator and has received extensive training in building inclusive and equitable communities.
Most recently Ms. MacDonald was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for Sonoma County. The CSW commission focuses on empowering women and works to bring awareness on issues affecting women in her community. Dianna also is an educational and community engagement consultant to the Sonoma County Sheriff. She will be providing feedback to the Sherriff’s office on educational programs provided to inmates as well as how to effectively build a more inclusive cohesive community. This month Dianna was appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond to serve on four different committees. Closing the Achievement Gap, Increasing K-12 Finding, Early Education, and Preparing students for Tomorrow Committees.
Dianna is a Sonoma County native, and lives in Santa Rosa where she and her husband Mike own North Bay Commercial Services Inc. (NBCS Inc.) a locally owned and operated commercial and residential heating and air conditioning business. As Vice President of NBCS Inc. MacDonald oversees all of the finance and accounting for their business. Mike and Dianna have three sons: Denton, a new teacher in the public education system; Cole, a student at the University of Hawaii, Manoa majoring in communications; and Tanner a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in physics.