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About Chelsea      

Chelsea is a former elementary school teacher, a mom of two boys, a transactional and business attorney, who runs her own firm and also works In House, a dedicated school and community volunteer in the City and County of San Mateo, and served on the Governing Board for the San Mateo-Foster City School District from 2013-2017. Chelsea's advocacy has focused on housing, literacy, the arts, community equity and mental health & special education supports for children.  Chelsea has served on various task forces, steering committees and conference planning committees to address these and other important community issues our City's families and children are facing. 

Chelsea has lived in San Mateo since 2002, all of that time dedicating her time to projects to support a strong and thriving community in San Mateo. From forming playgroups for new moms and organizing events for the San Mateo Mother's Club beginning in 2004, to supporting families and community recreation in her time on the San Mateo National Little League Board, to serving families as EVP and President of the PTA at her sons' elementary school in San Mateo, to serving the entire community on the San Mateo-Foster City School Board and forwarding platforms of equity and opportunity for students across the District, Chelsea has been a community leader in San Mateo for many years.  

Chelsea is a collaborative and thoughtful problem solver.  She is empathetic, addresses issues head on, and is considerate of other's perspectives. Her perspectives as a mother, teacher, attorney, business advisor and entrepreneur help her to work well with others to engage in productive discussion and deliberation to reach solutions. Her experience, thoughtfulness, and analytical nature have brought a welcome balance to discussions and decisions in her leadership roles, past and present.

Chelsea is excited to have been appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Education to serve as a Personnel Commissioner in February 2018, and she will also serve on the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities beginning on February 2019. Chelsea is also thrilled to have been invited to be a member of the emergeCA Class of 2019!



★ San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, appointed February 2019.

★ Re-elected as an ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 22 DELEGATE (2017-2018 and 2019-2020) & also Elected as the AD22 Executive Board Representative (2017-2018 and 2019-2020)

★ CADEM Pro Bono volunteer for the "Promote & Protect the Vote" (P2V) Program, serving as liaison for the Counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara, November 2018.

★ SMCOE Personnel Commissioner for the San Mateo County Office of Education's Personnel Commission Services, appointed February 2018.

★ Special Education Policy Coalition seeking "Better Outcomes for our Kids" through system improvement and policy reform -, Co-Founder (2018)

★ Art in Action, Volunteer Docent, Laurel & LEAD Elementary Schools (2009-Present)

★ Laurel Elementary School Literacy Week (including: Community Guest Reader Day), Chairperson (2016-2018)

★ DELAINE EASTIN for CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR 2018 Campaign, San Mateo County Volunteer (2017-2018)

★ Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC), Board Member (2018)

★ DemFems Silicon Valley, Founding Member (2017)

★ Graduate of the San Mateo Leadership Program, Class of 2017

★ Chelsea was a member of the "Foster City Ad Hoc Committee for Educational Facilities" re NEW School in Foster City (2017)

★ Member of Assemblymember Kevin Mullin's "Education Advisory Committee" (2017)

★ San Mateo-Foster City School District, President of the Board of Trustees (2017)

★ Chelsea served as the SMFCSD School Board Legislative Liaison & Liaison to City Council of Foster City and of San Mateo (2017)

★ San Mateo County School Boards Assn., Applications Chair for the J. Russell Kent Awards (2016 & 2017)

★ San Mateo County School Board's Association (SMCSBA), Board of Directors, Area 1 Representative (2014-2017)

★ Member of the Advisory/Steering Committee for the 2016  San Mateo County Affordable Housing on School District Land Conference

★ SMCSBA Representative to the San Mateo Advisory Committee that developed the Joint Powers Authority for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE)

★ CONEC "Citizen Workshop" Pro Bono Immigration Volunteer through Legal Aid

★ Pro Bono projects for local Non-Profit sports and educational organizations, including SPORT & SMFCEF

★ Susan G. Komen 3 Day and Avon Breast Cancer Walk Participant (Washington D.C., Manhattan, Portland, San Francisco- 3day & 2day)

★ ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 22 Delegate (2015-2016).

★ 2015 Toyonaka-San Mateo Sister City All-Star Baseball Team, "Rock'in to Toyonaka" Event Chair (2015)

★ Chelsea presented with 2015 PTA Honorary Service Award at Laurel Elementary School.

★ PTA Executive Board Member, Laurel Elementary School (EVP: 2011-13; President: 2013-15)

★ SMFCSD Technology Committee, Developed of 5-Year Technology Plan, Parent Member (2013)

★ San Mateo National Little League, Board Member & Auxiliary Board President (2012-2014)

★ Pacific Skyline Council, Cub Scout Pack 27, Den Leader & Parent Committee Member (2010-2013)

★ San Mateo Mothers’ Club, Board Member (2005-2009)

★ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Marathon Alumna & Mentor (Inaugural San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, Portland Marathon & California International Marathon) (1997-2003)



★ Lundberg Family Farms, In house Corporate Counsel (Feb. 2015-Present)

★ Kiski Law, P.C.Founder & CEO (2010-Present)

★ Member of the California State Bar & Practicing Attorney (2001-Present)

★ California Licensed Real Estate Broker (2011-Present)

★ Juris Doctor (J.D.), UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA (2001)

★ Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent) (2000-2001)

★ Kindergarten, First Grade & Title 1 Reading Resource Teacher in the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) (1994-1998)

★ California Certificated Teacher (1994-1999)

★ B.S., Elementary Education & Psychology, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY, magna cum laude (1994)

★ Graduate of Lick-Wilmerding High School (California School of Mechanical Arts), San Francisco, CA (1990)


Chelsea is a MOTHER ON A QUEST


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Chelsea Bonini for San Mateo City Council 2017 FPPC ID#1397129 (updated 6.21.17)
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