Willa Brody Hughes
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Willa Brody Hughes

Street Address: 11 Knollwood Road, Eastchester 10709

Race: Eastchester Trustee

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Political and civic experience: Willa Brody Hughes was appointed to the Board in December 2004 and was elected in 2005, 2008, and 2011. She served as Board Secretary from 2005-2007, and President in 2009-2010. She chaired the Community Relations Committee from 2006-2111 and is currently co-chair. She also chaired the Finance Committee in 2012-13, and currently serves as co-chair. She is the Board Liaison to Waverly, and remains an active PTA member

Family: Willa is married to Jack Hughes and they have 3 daughters; Delia (EHS 10), who is a senior at Cornell University, and twin 16 year old daughters, Anna and Olivia, who are eleventh graders at EHS.

Residency: Willa has resided in Eastchester for 26 years.

Incumbent?: Yes

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Education: Willa holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology/English from Queens College, CUNY; a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Post-Masters Degree in Aging from Hunter College, CUNY; and a law degree from Pace University.

Occupation: Willa has assumed a number of positions in New York Presbyterian Hospital//'//s Real Estate and External Affairs departments, and currently directs Government and Community Relations for the Hospital//'//s six campuses.

Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?
This is my community and I care deeply about all our children who attend Eastchester schools. They deserve access to a quality education capable of serving the needs of all our students. That includes teachers and administrators who are high level educators, achievers and leaders who offer curriculum, programs and services that are defining, facile and always challenging.

What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?
For the past 12 years, Willa has been a Board member of the Westchester Business Council, serving on their Executive Board, Government Affairs, and 40 Under 40 Rising Stars committees. She is a member of the Westchester County Association//'//s Blue Ribbon Committee on Health Care Reform, and a member of the Leadership Council of the White Plains YWCA. In addition, she serves on the Business Advisory Council of New York Presbyterian Hospital//'//s Project Search Program, which provides comprehensive vocational training for autistic youth 18 years + seeking employment after high school.

What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
It has been gratifying to hire a superintendent who clearly understands and respects our school community, and who (not surprisingly) has been so well received. I look forward to continuing to support him in this new role as he cultivates our leadership team, builds on the talents of our educators, and enhances our academic, music, arts and athletic programs. We share mutual goals of expanding the breadth of parental engagement as participants in our school district, in becoming educated on budgetary issues and concerns, and in exercising one//'//s civic obligation in getting out to vote.

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