Chris Valin

Chris Valin
  • Position:
    Board Trustee

    Term:
    2021-24

    E-Mail:
    cvalin@greenburghcsd.org

    Phone:
    914.559.2321

  • Family:
    My husband Agustin and I moved from Spain 15 years ago and are parents to two children who have progressed through GCSD and now attend Woodlands Middle/High School.

    Occupation:
    I previously worked as EMEA Revenue Manager at a financial information company, where I intentionally created a diverse team and have the experience of bridging differences to work toward a common goal.

    Community Involvement:
    I have attended BOE meetings for 10 years, serving on the Education, Financial Planning, Audit, Community Engagement, and Facilities committees so I could thoroughly comprehend and contribute to solving the issues facing the district. I have also served as a PTA board member and as a core member of the parent group working toward equitable funding for Greenburgh schools in partnership with our local legislators. I was a parent representative for International Baccalaureate re-certifications at two of our elementary schools. I am also Committee Chair of the Scouts BSA Hartsdale Troop, volunteer with Westchester Parks Foundation and a member of Sacred Heart parish.

    Why did you run?
    I have advocated for improved outcomes for ALL students throughout my years of service to our district. My experience with board committees will allow me to hit the ground running as we determine to help our students become confident, capable, and caring citizens. I want to solidify our educational programs so all students can achieve their best – however that is defined for each child. I have lived in Greenburgh for 15 years, so I am familiar with the community with the added perspective from having lived in the Midwest and Europe previously. I believe in discussing issues frankly, questioning sincerely and collaborating on practical solutions that move us forward.

    What are the top three challenges facing our school district?
    • Ensure a solid educational footing as we move out of pandemic learning, while providing resources to address the social-emotional welfare of our children
    • Provide a safe learning environment for students and staff
    • Fiscally responsible achievement of the first two points

    How would you like to address those challenges?
    We need to work with our teachers to develop a robust response to the obstacles created by the pandemic learning environment. We need to continue creating a phased plan to upgrade the safety of our facilities and, when possible, enhance the design to facilitate collaboration and hands-on experiential learning. I will be thorough in tackling issues by listening to the experts and collaborating on solutions to move forward in helping our students do their best.