Shino Tanikawa began her foray into New York City’s public school system “from the bottom up” when she volunteered for a fundraiser at PS 3 in the West Village where her two daughters, now ages19 and 11, attended school through 5thgrade. She quickly progressed to PTA Treasurer and Co-President, and on to the District 2 PTA Presidents’ Council as Treasurer. Tanikawa was elected June of 2013 for a second two-year term on the Community Education Council for District 2 (CECD2), and again chosen by her fellow CECD2 members to serve as President. District 2 is the largest of the city’s 32 districts, with 25,000 students, spanning a vast area from the southern tip of Manhattan, to 59th Street on the west side, and 96th Street on the east side. CECs are advisory bodies to ensure parents and the public have input into education policies and decision-making forPK-8 schools, with the authority to approve school zoning lines. In addition to her seemingly round-the-clock work for city schools, Tanikawa is District Manager of NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, an agency that manages conservation projects to protect natural resources and promote the health and welfare of the city.