Candy Olson represents District 2 on the Hillsborough County School Board. She is the 2012 School Board chair, her third time in that position, and served as vice-chair in 2011. She was elected to her fifth term in the August 24, 2010, primary election. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 25,000 employees.
Ms. Olson is past chair of the Council of the Great City Schools, which advocates and provides research on academic achievement for over 60 urban districts. In October 2011, she received the Richard R. Green Award from the Council, the nation’s highest honor for urban education leadership.
She represents the School Board on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Tampa Theatre Foundation Board of Directors. She is past chair of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County.
She has been a classroom volunteer, PTA president, and board president of SERVE, a program devoted to increasing student achievement by providing community volunteers to support educators. She has been president of the boards of The Spring and the Mayor’s Beautification Program (now Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful), and has been active with the Child Abuse Council, the United Way, the Salvation Army, and the Athena Society. She is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Preservation Roundtable. She is active in her church, Sacred Heart in downtown Tampa.
Ms. Olson graduated from Newton College (Massachusetts) and earned an MBA from the University of South Florida, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. Among her achievements, she is proudest of having raised two daughters, both graduates of Hillsborough County Public Schools, who believe they can do anything and are demonstrating that belief in their lives.December 2013