Board Members

School Board 2020

San Carlos School District Board of Trustees

Carol Elliott

Carol Elliott (President)

  • First Year on Board: 2012 (appointed 1/12/12)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments:  2+2 (w/City of San Carlos); Alternative Assessment & Reporting
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: VP Data Services, San Carlos Education Foundation Board of Directors; White Oaks PTA Board; White Oaks Site Council; Central Middle School PTA Board; Central Middle School Site Council; Chair, Spring Fling Advisory Board; Sequoia High School Education Foundation Board of Directors; San Carlos Children’s Theater; Leader, Girl Scouts; classroom volunteer.
  • Professional Experience: Former Executive Director of the nonprofit Volunteer Center of Greater Bridgeport; Administrator for the Foundation for Autistic Childhood Education and Support during its start-up phase; Branch Director for the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles’ City Hall Branch.
  • Personal Info: Has lived in San Carlos since 2002 with husband and two children (one currently attending San Carlos schools, and one who graduated from San Carlos schools).
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: 650-704-4380
Kathleen Farley

Kathleen Farley (Vice President)

  • First Year on Board: 2012 (appointed 1/12/12)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: 2+2 (w/City of San Carlos); Communications
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: Authored and managed Edna McConnell Clark Foundation grant for improving middle schools in Long Beach, CA. Tutor for students in the “I Have a Dream” program. Parent participant in co-op preschools.
  • Professional Experience: 18 years of technology experience – currently Vice President, Product Marketing, SpotMixer, Inc. Formerly Director of Product Management at Yahoo! Other work experience includes managing product and marketing for several start-up companies. Formerly a middle school teacher for Teach for America in Long Beach, CA. 
  • Personal Info: Has lived in San Carlos with her husband and two children since 2008. Both children currently attend San Carlos schools.
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: 650-799-8445
Neil Layton

Neil Layton (Clerk)

  • First Year on Board: 2017
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: Budget Advisory Committee and Safety Committee
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: BA, University of Washington; University of Wisconsin Law School; Alameda County legislative committee
  • Professional Experience: Works for Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office
  • Personal Info: He and his wife, Kate, live in San Carlos with their two daughters since 2013. In his spare time, he likes to travel with his family, play and coach sports and watch anything involving the University of Washington sports.
  • E-Mail:
  • Phone: 650-241-9955
Eirene Chen

Eirene Chen (Trustee)

  • First Year on Board: 2015
  • Current Term Ends: 2024
  • Committee Assignments: 2+2 Committee
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business; Masters of Education Policy from Stanford Graduate School of Education;  BS in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Former Co-president of Brittan Acres PTA Board; Former Secretary PTA Coordinating Council; SCEF and classroom volunteer. Former education policy analyst, Commission for Positive Change for the Oakland Public Schools.
  • Professional Experience: Business leader for consumer technology companies including Intuit, Google, The Learning Company and start-ups. Specialties include marketing, customer experience design, design and launch of new products/services, research, leadership development and building effective teams.
  • Personal Info: Eirene and her husband have lived in San Carlos since 2004. They are raising 2 boys who attend San Carlos elementary and middle schools.
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Wendy Dougherty (Trustee)Wendy Dougherty

  • First Year on Board: 2019
  • Current Term Ends: 2024
  • Committee Assignments: TBD
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: Masters of International Affairs from the Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. B.A., Duke University. Served on PTA at Brittan Acres as Chair of Special Projects. Served as fundraising chair for the campaign for Measure P Parcel Tax with Citizens for San Carlos Schools that was successfully passed in 2015.
  • Professional Experience: Results-driven executive with over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, management consulting, international development, and education. Started career as a bilingual elementary educator in Compton, CA with Teach for America. Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of an education non-profit organization, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, supporting a variety of initiatives at the regional and state level aimed at promoting innovation and quality improvements in the public education system.
  • Personal Info: Wendy and her family have resided in San Carlos for over 11 years. She has a daughter who is in 5th grade at Arroyo and attended Brittan Acres.
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