Christopher Boyd, who runs a STEM-focused after-school program in Palo Alto, plans to run for a seat on the Board of Education in the November election.
Boyd did not grant an interview but confirmed his candidacy to the Weekly.
Boyd is the director of InstED, a nonprofit program that provides students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes, including computer science, robotics, astronomy, neuroscience and physics.
InstED's "philosophy emphasizes learning by positive thinking and exploring how to find solutions to problems, instead of only analyzing those problems," the nonprofit's website states.
"While we will use technology in the classroom, we will also emphasize games, learning by doing, and developing leadership skills and social skills," the website reads. "Many researchers have pointed out how play is important in developing healthy, well-adjusted children and we set aside time for play every day."
Boyd has been InstED's director since 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He is also a general partner at Automation Research, an organization for research and development related to automation, and from 2009 to 2010 was the director of technology for the University of California, Davis.
Boyd will be running against incumbent Ken Dauber, the current president of the school board; and four newcomers: special-education parent and advocate Stacey Ashlund, attorney Shounak Dharap, parent Kathy Jordan, and recent Palo Alto High graduate Alex Scharf.
There will be two open seats in November. Board member Terry Godfrey, whose term expires then along with Dauber's, is not running for re-election.