Noelani Pearl Hunt

Vice Chair

Noelani Pearl Hunt has brought dynamic leadership to the Bay Area and is the first Filipina America elected to the Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education and serves as their Vice President (Alviso, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale). She has been activity in many cultural communities for over 15 years. Her leadership experience includes volunteer work with the Santa Clara Unified School District, public service on various boards and committees, and professional work with various government officials and Bay Area non-profit organizations such as San Jose Jazz, Cinequest and Next Vista for Learning. Most recently she was the Director of Business Development and Special Events with San Jose Jazz. 

Noelani strives for excellence in everything she does, with a level of commitment that is second to none, fueled by a belief in the fundamental right to equality for all. She understands the positive impact that a well-rounded education can have on a community, and she strives everyday to ensure that local students receive the education they need and deserve.

Noelani has been an advocate for education for more than a decade, serving on the boards of organizations such as the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, the Wilcox Dance Team Boosters, and Next Vista for Learning. She is also a passionate advocate for women's rights, social justice, and the environment, having served on the boards of DAWN (Democratic Activists for Women Now), the Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, and BAYMEC (a local LGBT rights organization).

As an advocate for local public schools, Noelani co-organized "Walk for Education" to raise awareness of budget cuts. She was a key contributor to the reorganization and redirection of the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, helping that organization focus on working more directly with the children they fund and improve their fundraising results. Her most prized project is Music Rivals — a district-wide music competition that inspires student creativity and collaboration. Throughout all of this work, she has remained on the PTA board at her children's schools.

Noelani earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She was the first in her family to attend college and ultimately plans to obtain a Ph.D.