Jeff Cuneo was elected in 2010 to the Sacramento Unified School District to represent the communities of College Greens, Elmhurst, East Sacramento, a portion of Midtown, River Park, and Tahoe Park.
As a school board member, Jeff has focused on raising achievement levels for all students while reducing the achievement gap between and among students. Every student should be academically prepared for college and possess the social, emotional and civic attributes needed to succeed in life upon exiting our school district. He believes in equal access to educational and enrichment opportunities for all students and support a broad-based curriculum to include music, arts, sciences and foreign languages.
Jeff was born and raised in the Sacramento area. He is married to his wife Carrie and has two children, Charlie and Haddie. He currently works as a juvenile public defender, representing youth in delinquency proceedings. His work brings him into contact with mental health services, community organizations, school districts and other legal systems, such as foster care. He advocates for his clients throughout these systems and in the community. He is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state that specializes in juvenile justice and delinquency law.
For six years he served on the Children’s Coalition, an advisory body to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The Coalition discussed issues and made policy recommendations to the Board in regard to the county’s youth and their health and well-being. Jeff was the co-chairman for the 2006, 2008 and 2011 editions of the Sacramento County Children’s Report Card. This document is a snapshot of the status of county children over roughly 45 issue areas, including education, economics, social well-being and health. He led approximately 100 community members in developing and publishing these documents and presented them to political and community leaders, local organizations and youth. Jeff also mentored a foster care child for 9 years. From 2004 through 2006 Jeff founded and operated a pro bono legal clinic at WIND Youth Center. He counseled and offered legal advice to area homeless and underprivileged youth and their families.