Katrina Foley

August 26, 2010

Full name: Katrina Foley

Age: 43

Birthplace: Bakersfield

How long have you lived in the Newport-Mesa district and where do you live exactly? 14 years, Mesa Del Mar

Occupation (or former occupations): attorney at law; chief executive of the Foley Group PLC; Costa Mesa City councilwoman

Education: bachelor's degree from UCLA; JD Seattle University School of Law

Previously elected or appointed positions: Costa Mesa City Council 2004-08; Costa Mesa Planning Commission 1999-2004; chairwoman Measure C Oversite Committee for Coast Community College District; chairwoman of the Orange Coast College Presidential Search Committee; alternate on Measure F Equity Committee

Community organizations you belong to: Sonora PTA; Costa Mesa High School PTSA; Costa Mesa Community Athletic Foundation, aka Costa Mesa United; Orange County Bar Assn.; Orange County Trial Lawyers Assn.; Celtic Bar Assn.; Hispanic Bar Assn.

Why are you running (for challengers) or running again (incumbent) for office? 

I pledge to make Newport-Mesa School District even better for taxpayers and families by cutting waste and overhead, maximizing resources, demanding excellence across the district, and keeping our students competitive with new technology. To meet these goals, the district needs professional, responsive and proactive leadership.


My husband, Casey, and I are Mesa del Mar homeowners. Our two boys attend Costa Mesa public schools. Casey is a teacher, volunteer sports coach and Estancia High School graduate. We are active in our PTA and neighborhood association.

As PTA president for two years at Sonora Elementary School, I was instrumental in finding funds to improve our computer labs, arts instruction, afte- school programs, and support for our 65-member band. It is not a coincidence that test scores increased dramatically. I am active in the Costa Mesa United Foundation, which helped find funding to build Scott Stadium and the new Costa Mesa High School Aquatics Complex. Our Youth Sports Council continues to help fund facility improvements for Costa Mesa schools, Pop Warner, Newport Harbor and Costa Mesa baseball leagues, and AYSO. I am president of the new OC Skateboarding League. I am a businesswoman and own a Newport Beach law firm.

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