As a mother of two PUSD students, I want to establish an inclusive environment that brings parents, teachers, business people, community members, and public and non-profit providers together for the benefit of our schools.
Tina Wu Fredericks is the mother of a 7th grader at McKinley Middle School and a 4th grader at Willard Elementary School. Tina is a former public high school math teacher. She has lived with her husband Alec and two daughters in East Pasadena for 8 years. Tina is a lead engineer at Green Dot, a global FinTech company headquartered in Pasadena. Tina has been on Willard Elementary School's PTA Board as Vice President, Treasurer for 2 terms, and currently as Legislative Advocate. She is particularly proud of being the parent who started the Willard PTA’s first annual Readathon in 2018 which raised over $20,000 this year for classroom supplies and field trips. Tina has also been a member of Pasadena Education Foundation's Community Engagement & Advocacy Committee. She has taught math at Burbank Unified School District and Fremont Union High School District in San Jose. Tina earned her Bachelor’s in Mathematics at UC San Diego and her California Teaching Credential from National University.
Since 2016, Tina has become actively involved in city, state, national politics. In Jan 2019, she won her second term as ADEM delegate of Assembly District 41 and was the top female vote getter in the district in 2019 and second top female vote getter in 2017. She led a majority-teacher slate in the 2019 ADEM election, which won 12 out of 14 delegate seats. Tina is in her second term as President of the Democrats of Pasadena Foothills, which continues to engage the local community on issues including charter accountability, single payer healthcare, renewable energy, homelessness, and affordable housing.
Tina was among one of 57 women across California selected to participate in Emerge CA, an organization which trains Democratic women to run for local office. She graduated from Emerge in May 2019 after completing intense training on all aspects of winning a campaign including fundraising, field operations, campaign strategy, and public speaking. Tina has worked on over a dozen local, state, and national electoral campaigns calling voters, knocking on doors, recruiting and training volunteers. In the 2016 Presidential election alone, she hosted 21 volunteer phone banking, canvassing events and volunteer rallies at her house.
Tina is co-sponsor of Public Funds for Public Schools Resolution 19-05.92 which strengthens local control on charter schools and was adopted by the California Democratic Party in August 2019.
As a renter and member of Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU), Tina has worked with retired people on fixed incomes, young people struggling to make ends meet, and long-time residents experiencing steep rent increases in PTU’s ongoing campaign for rent control and just cause eviction.
Tina is a trained pastry chef earning a baking & pastry certificate from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She has worked as a pastry chef in San Francisco. For several years, Tina ran her own small business, Little Piggy Cupcakes at Marin Farmers Market and catered desserts for children’s birthday parties and weddings.