Jo Ann Ota Fujioka
Retired. International President Phi Delta Kappa, National Parent Teacher Association At Large Member Board of Directors, Colorado Parent Teacher Association (COPTA) At Large Member Board of Directors, COPTA VP, Denver Council Parent Teacher Association President, Advocates for Public Education Policy VP and Board of Directors. Elevat(ED) Member, Denver Public Schools District Accountability Committee Member, House District 6 Captain and Co Captain, Precinct Committee Person, Democratic Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Alliance of Professional Consultants Member, Jefferson County School District Retired Administrators Association Member, American Association of University Women Member, League of Women Voters Member, Japanese American Museum Member, Colorado Womens' Hall of Fame Honorary Advisory Board Member, Cross Cultural Dialogue Member.
Denver North High School Diploma, University of Colorado Boulder Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, University of Colorado Boulder Master of Science in Nursing Degree, Colorado State University Doctor of Philosophy in Career and Occupational Studies. Certificates: Director of Special Education, Registered Nurse, Superintendent of Schools, Director of Vocational Education, Sexual Perpetration Prevention Certified Trainer-National Center for Child Abuse, Advanced Level Consultant
Joe Biden, Steve Woodrow, Jon Ossof, Rev Raphael Warnok, Denver Democrats, House District 6 Democrats,
National Parent Teacher Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Colorado Parent Teacher Association, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Japanese American Museum, Colorado Womens' Hall of Fame, Denver Democratic Party, House District 6 Democrats, Advocates for Public Education Policy, Elevat(ED), Alliance of Professional Consultants, Four Mile Village Town Home Association, Four Mile Village Recreation Association, Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Gun Violence, Democratic Education Initiative, Great Education Colorado.
I was instrumental in organizing a coalition of public education advocates to encourage school board candidacy; I have organized a group of activists to advocate for public education; currently organizing PTA parents to address systemic racism in the Denver Public Schools. I have testified on many, many bills dealing with immigration, gun violence, suicide prevention, public education and other issues having to do with student safety, education and women's issues on behalf of the on behalf of numerous organizations and groups.
I would like to serve on the commission to ensure that equity and fairness dictate the boundaries of districts and that decisions are made that enhance and encourage voting and representation of all voters. I would like to bring my perspective to the table as a 4th generation Japanese American.
As an administrator in a schools district I had ample opportunities to facilitate groups and come to consensus. Being an administrator in Special Education, it was my job to come out of Individual Education Planning meetings with a consensus on what was best for each child. This was true no matter how contentious the participants were. These are the skills that I would bring to the commissioners. The most important skill is active listening--and then find common ground. Being fair and impartial was a requirement when dealing with special education parents, staff and other administrators. If I conveyed bias in any of the settings there would have been no hope of coming to consensus. Having an open mind and being creative are essential.
Being and educator and having gone through the process of attaining my Ph.D. I lean heavily on data driven decisions. It is vital to know what you need to know (data) and the parameters of the problem to analyze the data and the problem and apply logic to come up with options for resolution.