Frank Biehl was elected as Governing Board Member of the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) in 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee, previously serving as President of the Board, Vice President, Clerk, and Representative on the East Side Alliance Advisory Steering Committee.
In November 2011, the 31 school boards in the county elected Biehl to a four-year term on the Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization. He was selected Chair in 2012. The Committee approves boundary changes between school districts and, once a decade, realigns the County School Board trustee areas.
Biehl presided as President of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association for the 2009-10 school year having previously served as Vice President and Co-Chair of the Hoffmann Awards.
In June 2009, Biehl was selected to Chair the Santa Clara County Ed Coalition, an education advocacy organization, that includes representatives from Association of California School Administrators, California School Employees Association, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association, Santa Clara County Superintendents Association, Santa Clara County Office of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Service Employees International Union and the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.
Biehl has served two terms, 2007-11, as the ESUHSD Representative on MetroED. This Board serves as the governing body of a Joint Powers Agreement between six school districts to provide Career Technical Education. Elected President of the MetroED Board in January 2010, Biehl served as Vice President the previous year. For his work at MetroED, Biehl was awarded the Outstanding Service to Youth Award from the San Jose Job Corps on December 11, 2009.
In April of 2018, Santa Clara County School Boards reelected Biehl to a sixth, two-year, term on the California School Board Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly.
The CSBA Masters in Governance certificate was awarded to Biehl in the fall of 2008. To receive this certificate, he attended nine seminars for a total of 56 hours of intensive training on the role of the board in setting direction for student learning, school finance, facilities, human resources and collective bargaining,
In 2016, Biehl helped develop and pass Measure Z, an innovative $510 million school renovation and construction program that utilizes a financial structure of short-term bond financing, saving taxpayers millions in interest costs. Previously, Biehl in 2014 served on the Steering Committee for the successful “Measure I Tech Bond” election providing financing for computers and related infrastructure for 18 years. In 2012, Biehl chaired the “Citizens for Measure I” Committee supporting the successful $120 million bond issue for the continued renovation of East Side high schools. Additionally, in 2008 Biehl served as the Endorsements Chair for the citizens committee supporting the successful $349 million “Yes on Measure E” capital bond campaign for East Side high schools.
Californians for Justice awarded Biehl the “2007 Justice Champions Ally Award” in appreciation for his commitment to racial justice and quality education for all students. In May of 2008, the Latino Parent Coalition honored Frank Biehl for his work and leadership with Latino students and parents. Additionally, Biehl has twice, in 2010 and 2013, received the “Amigos de Puente Award” for outstanding contributions to the educational development and success of Latino students’ pursuit of a college education.
Biehl is currently on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He is a member of the League of Women Voters, San Jose/Santa Clara Chapter where he serves on the Education Committee. In 2013, Biehl was invited to join the Silicon Valley Education Foundation STEM Advisory Board.
For three years, before being elected to the ESUHSD Board, Biehl was the School Site Council President at Evergreen Valley High School. He participated as a Parent Representative on the ESUHSD Budget Task Force in 2005.
He and his wife, Barbara, have lived on the East Side since 1990. Their two sons graduated from ESUHSD schools; Evergreen Valley in 2007 and Mt. Pleasant in 2012.
Frank Biehl’s business and government experience includes: Vice President/General Manager/business owner; Sheriff’s Department Management Analyst; Field Representative, California State Assembly; Associate Management Analyst, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He has a BA in Political Science from San Jose State University.
His non-profit management and community activities have included: President, CEO, Silicon Valley Economic Development Corporation; Campaign Ethics Commissioner; President, East Hills Little League; President, Valley Ridge Homeowners Association; San Jose Rotary Member; Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum; Board member, Lincoln Law School; Member, La Raza Roundtable