Today there was a impassioned speech by Emma Gonzalez, of Parkland, Florida about the senseless killing of innocent students and staff and the massive school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. On the behalf of student warriors like Emma Gonzalez and all the students and communities that have experienced active shooters on campus, I take this pledge: I will not accept campaign contributions from the NRA or any group that perpetuates hate or violence.
Lily E. Ploski knows that each person has everything they need to succeed if they have access to tools, resources, and the support to reach their dreams. For this reason, a solid education is the best foundation for success. No matter what your dreams may be!
Lily Ploski understands the challenges facing today's students in California. Her childhood consisted of growing up low income and moving from city to city, being the new kid at 4 different schools by the 6th grade. Fortunate for her, Lily grew up in the 1980s in Orange County, in Southern California, where she attended the finest public schools in the nation. She then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend one of the state's finest community colleges. Community college is where she found personal success and her life's passion to work in education. She took her new-found success and launched into a career serving students and the community in various capacities from classified staff member to interim director, director to substitute teacher, to coach to athletic director and finally, as dean. For over 15 years, Lily has served students at all levels - from middle school to high school, to community college to the university. Ensuring the pipeline for educational success is Lily's passion!
Lily's family is the foundation for her success. Her father was a teacher and served as an officer in the Air Force for 4 years, teaching English in Okinawa, Japan. He later attended law school to become a worker's compensation lawyer. Her mother was a housekeeper. Lily's Mexican mother, Margarita Espinoza, was born and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa. She immigrated to the United States alone at the age of 16. Lily's father, Donald Ploski, was born and raised in the Polish community of Waterbury, Connecticut. Margarita and Donald had five children, four girls and one boy. Sadly, Margarita passed away in 1987, when she was 37 years old. Donald passed away in 2004. Lily E. Ploski is a mother to her 14 year old son, Justice. Lily credits her life in public service and education to her family. As a biracial Californian, Lily is proud of her Espinoza family and her Ploski family heritage.
Working in education since 1998, Lily E. Ploski has a history of having the highest expectations, and holds student success close to her heart. Lily has held positions demanding policy expertise and administrative competency, from working at WGBH Education Foundation to working at Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, to community colleges and high schools, to working for Goodwill Industries. Lily has one passion, working to expand the pathway to success through education and training - be it a first job or a training certificate, a high school diploma or a college degree! Please explore this website to find out more about Lily E. Ploski for State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018 and her vision for change.
Pictured: Donald Ploski and Margarita Espinoza, Lily's parents
Director of Workforce Development, Goodwill Industries
Instructor, Mills College
Dean/Athletic Director, Solano College
Cadena Cultural Center and Transfer Center Director, Fullerton College
Interim EOPS Director, Evergreen Valley College
As well as experience in instructional support at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Columbia University in New York City
Worked with Orange County Human Rights Commission and Los Amigos of Orange County to tackle diversity issues in Orange County.
Convened statewide African-American student retention conference that led to legislative policy on student success.
Produced and hosted a weekly YouTube channel, Lily College Mythbusters, a free college preparation series.
Advocated and developed policy to support LGBTQI, undocumented, low income, first generation, foster youth, differently abled, military veterans, and underrepresented students.
Worked with faculty to improve professional development, Distance Education class evaluation, student learning outcomes, and program review methods.
Authored, Not Getting Stuck: Success stories of being Latina and transferring from a California community college
Led community service projects such as Santa Clara area Clothing Drive, college food banks, Tee Off for Athletes golf tournament fundraiser, Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, and Women in Leadership Panel
Participated on Educational Master Planning and Facilities Master Planning committees that led to the approval of $349M bond in Solano County
Compiled and published the College Survival Guide for Former Foster Youth, and worked with Guardian Scholars and advocated for the Chafee Grant for former foster youth
California State University, Fullerton, Educational Leadership
Master of Arts Degree
Columbia University, Student Personnel Administration
Bachelor of Arts Degree
UC Berkeley, Women’s Studies
Associates of Arts Degree
Diablo Valley College, Liberal Studies