Marilyn Buchi interviewed by Stephanie Gallardo, October 21, 2015, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5761, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history with Marilyn Buchi, current president of Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHS) Board of Trustees and former president of California School Boards Association (CSBA). This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project at California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview is to record her life history, involvement in her community through education, and her experiences in Orange County local politics. Specifically, the interviews covers her family life, childhood, and parents’ backgrounds; her role models and aspirations; the gender roles in her family; her memories of attending Sacred Heart High School in Los Angeles; the benefits of attending Immaculate Heart College, and why she chose to attend and major in mathematics; her work and experiences at Standard Oil; shares how she met her husband and the start of her family; explains why and how she became involved with Hermosa School and the PTA; goes into detail about her initial decision to run for FJUHS Board of Trustees; her past leadership involvement with the La Habra PTA Council; discusses running for Orange County’s California School Boards Association (CSBA) and her experiences; her family’s response to her decision to run for the FJUHS Board of Trustees position; discusses the importance of education; goes into detail about why people are the most important issue to her; shares how she managed her home life and work; shares that the greatest challenge for the FJUHS Board is funding; explains how her greatest accomplishment serving on the CSBA was bringing governance training; how she became involved with California Women Lead, what drew her to the organization, and the importance of getting women elected; the training and resources California Women Lead uses to prepare women to become leaders; shares the community organizations she has been involved with such as, League of Women Voters of North Orange County, Assistance League, and Operation School Bell; further details her PTA experiences; discusses the unique contributions women make as activists; talks about varying personalities and understanding and learning how to work well with others; her thoughts on feminism; her daughter’s successful career as a medical doctor; important issues FJHUS Board is dealing with, such as managing bond money and ensuring the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) are accomplished; her thoughts on current United States of America politics; advice she would give a young woman wanting to get involved in politics; why she believes there are few elected women in office; shares how and why Lynn Daucher is her role model; closes the interview with discussing how she is most proud of her family.
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