Dianna MacDonald was the 2017-19 California State PTA President. A firm believer in Career Technical Education (CTE), early childhood education, and family engagement, MacDonald has worked with all stakeholders and members of the state Education Coalition; working to ensure the best outcomes for the youngest Californians and their families.
She is a past school board trustee for the Cloverdale Unified School District (2008-2016) and past member of the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. MacDonald completed the Masters in Governance programs through the California School Boards Association. Additionally, MacDonald has a deep understanding of school finance and policy. She is certified in the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, and has experience with local implementation. MacDonald has experience in, not only starting CTE programs, but showing schools how to maintain and grow a successful CTE program.
She has served PTA at the local, regional, and state levels in various roles including serving as a Family Engagement Legislative Advocate. While in this position, MacDonald focused on advocacy and policy work that targets early-childhood education, child care, foster care, career technical education funding, and CalWORKs programs for low socio-economic and military families. As the previous California State PTA Vice President for Education, she focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, the new state education standards, Special Education, and closing the achievement and opportunity gap. MacDonald has worked to ensure that children leave school both college and career ready. She is certified as a Training Capacity Building Initiative (TCBI) National PTA presenter, a National Issue Forum Moderator, and has received extensive training in building inclusive and equitable communities. MacDonald was elected to serve on the National PTA Nominating Leadership Recruitment Committee. As a member of this team, they recruit and produce a slate of leaders and committee members for National PTA Convention.
MacDonald was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for Sonoma County. The CSW commission focuses on empowering women and works to bring awareness on issues affecting women in her community. She also is an educational and community engagement consultant to the Sonoma County Sheriff. She provides feedback to the Sheriff’s office on educational programs provided to inmates, as well as how to effectively build a more inclusive cohesive community. MacDonald was appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, to serve on four different committees: Closing the Achievement Gap, Increasing K-12 Finding, Early Education, and Preparing students for Tomorrow committees.
MacDonald is also a member of the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (AC WASC) as a state commissioner. As a commissioner, her goal is to ensure that the schools that WASC works with use the self-reflection tool as a way to focus on continuous improvement and that the children attending the schools that are receiving accreditation are receiving the highest level of education, so that they may all reach their fullest potential.
She is a Sonoma County native, and lives in Santa Rosa. She and her husband Mike own North Bay Commercial Services Inc. (NBCS Inc.), a locally owned and operated commercial and residential heating and air conditioning business. They are members of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA). As Vice President of NBCS Inc., MacDonald oversees all of the finance and accounting for their business. Mike and Dianna have three sons: Denton, a new teacher in the public education system, Cole, a student at the University of Hawaii, Manoa majoring in communications, and Tanner, a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in physics. Their two pugs Rosie and Frank round out their family.