Meet The Candidate: Donna Tryfman | #schoolshooting

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Seven candidates are competing for three spots on the five-member Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.

Patch asked them to describe their qualifications and visions for Beverly Hills schools. Donna Tryfman, 53, is a trial attorney and Beverly Hills alumnus who says her top priorities for the district include improving virtual learning and achieving closure in the district’s litigation.


Lenna, 14 y.o., in BHHS , Widow

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

I am a Deputy Public Defender IV for LA County.


BHHS ’85, Brandeis University, ’89, Univ of LaVerne School Of Law, ’94

25 years as a criminal defense attorney in La County

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Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office

Commissioner, Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission

The single most pressing issue facing Beverly Hills schools:

The most pressing issue facing the district currently is the lack of in person schooling. I plan to work with administration and County officials to execute a smooth transition back to school and to enable healing of the divisiveness that has seeped into our community surrounding this issue.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

The most critical difference is that I am an attorney with a critical, fact finding and analytical mind. I am trained to mete out facts important to solving situations and seeking truth, justice and the the most fair disposition. I am an advocate in my professional life and I will be an advocate for the kids.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board failed Beverly Hills schools?

It’s very easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and I will not do that. However, it is time for new energy and new voices to lend their input. The BHUSD must be innovative, creative and incorporate community viewpoint, not just personal Board member viewpoint.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

I am interested in exploring manners in which to speed up the construction timeline. I believe we need to complete our facilities to upend the declining enrollment in the district. I also want to bring the Mock Trial Competition from the Constitutional Rights Foundation to the district as it engages students in constitutional issues, civic duties and public speaking.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

I am product of this district and am sentimental about its continued success. I have been an attorney handling the most complex felony litigation and have dealt with people at their worst, and celebrated some triumphs and redemptions. I have also been a Deputy in Charge at Eastlake juvenile delinquency court and have experience with educational issues and processes. Finally, I serve my legal community and my residential community by working collaboratively on many commissions and committees. I know how to get things done.

If you win this position, what accomplishment would make your term in office as a success?

The implementation of the Mock Trial Program and cutting the ribbon at completed construction sites!

What are your views on fiscal policy, government spending and the use of taxpayer dollars in the office you are seeking?

I believe in government fiscal responsibility. This district spends the most per student than any in the surrounding area. I believe in respecting the taxpayer dollar and finding ways to innovate and excel the education.

Is there any reason you would not serve your full term of office, other than those of health or family?


The best advice ever shared with me was:

There were three actually: “Learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.” “Tomorrow is another day.” “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person to do.”

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am honest, trustworthy, and will be a consummate advocate to better the education and circumstances of our kids. I will work closely, fairly, and collaboratively with all parties. I believe that every viewpoint is valuable and that we can all learn something from each other. Get it done with #1! 1st on the ballot.

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