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Vista Unified School District
Trustee Area 5
Green Plant


Mom, Business Owner, & Volunteer

Hi. I'm an 18-year resident of VUSD Trustee Area 5, parent of two VUSD students, owner of a successful small business, and a 14-year PTA volunteer who believes in the potential of Vista Unified and all its students. I have the perspective, experience and diplomacy needed to actively listen to, and represent, community priorities and help shape VUSD.

Vista Unified and our world are facing unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19 and I can be an active collaborator and problem solver who values the needs of every stakeholder - from students, to parents, to teachers, administrators and classified staff.

I would like to contribute to helping Vista Unified achieve its vision of being a model of educational excellence and innovation by taking a seat on the board and offering not just a parent's perspective, but business savvy and a sensitive, respectful, and balanced approach.


As a multi-term past PTA President, Treasurer and board member, and as a founding member and co-chair of the VUSD Magnet Steering Committee, I've had experience listening, leading, researching, solving problems, and building consensus within Vista Unified. I’d like to continue that work as your board member. 





Eighteen-year resident of Trustee Area 5; married with two children who have both attended Vista Unified schools for their entire educations. My oldest child graduated from MVHS in 2020 and now attends CalPoly SLO.


Business owner with twenty-five years’ experience in leadership, marketing, sales, writing, recruiting and project management. Particularly skilled in analysis, organization, problem solving, and communicating.


Multi-term past President and Board Member at Vista Academy, Casita, Vista Magnet and MVHS PTAs. Past Treasurer and Secretary of the Vista Council of PTAs.

Puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.

Vista Unified

Co-founding member and inaugural Co-Chair of the Vista Unified School District's Magnet Steering Committee.

Member of the VUSD Career Superhighway Committee

Kitkat's Graduation Day
The Kellys
Stars & Stripes
Outdoor Retailer Summer Show
Sarah and Mom
Catalina 2014

I was inspired by my brother, a paraplegic, to become a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.


My husband and I have two kids, a VUSD graduate and rising sophomore. 


I work as a freelance marketing and public relations manager in the bike and outdoor industries.


I was a Girl Scout and I've been a Girl Scout volunteer for over a decade.


My daughter is a 2020 graduate of Mission Vista High School, the magnet high school of VUSD.


I help manage media relations and PR for a number of brands that exhibit at Outdoor Retailer and other trade shows.



"Julie has the experience, the heart, and the backbone to make a real difference for our district..."

"It is my pleasure to endorse Julie Kelly for the Vista School Board..."

Beautiful Landscape



Please donate $5, $15, $25, $55, or more to help defray the actual expenses of running for election, such as publishing a Candidate Statement, mailers, yard signs & administrative costs. Or please volunteer to help with calls, emails, or delivering fliers.



Ideas? Concerns? Questions?

What's important to you?


I'm listening.


(760) 385-3451

Email: juliekelly.vusdtrustee@gmail.com