★ Morro Bay City Council ★

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A Love of Morro Bay

Dawn Addis arrived in Morro Bay in 2001 along with her husband Marcus and son Marcel. Soon after, Maceo joined their family. Because of their love of the California coast, and the small town community feel, Dawn and her family made Morro Bay their home.  

When she climbs to the top of Black Hill, runs into friends at the grocery store, or gathers with the community on summer nights, Dawn marvels at how fortunate she is to call Morro Bay home. As your council member, Dawn will make decisions centered on both the unique place and the unique people of Morro Bay.

A Career of Local Leadership

As a leader in public education, Dawn works for the local school district. She applies the district-wide vision to fifteen school sites. This entails gathering input from those affected by decisions. She also creates and manages budgets and participates in master planning, develops programs, and facilitates public meetings. Prior to her current district leadership role, she served as department chair and classroom teacher. During that time, Dawn successfully engaged with the unique differences, struggles, strengths, and celebrations of Morro Bay’s residents. She keeps the wellbeing of children and families at the heart of all of her decision making.

A Commitment to Local Service

Dawn Addis serves as a member of the Morro Bay Citizen’s Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC). On the committee, she brings expertise and insight as a long time Morro Bay resident, a leader, a public educator, and a mother of school-aged children. She participates in making recommendations on the Measure Q budget, and City, budgets, and collects input from residents.  Dawn also collaborates with other members of the CFAC. As a member of the CFAC’s Public Friendly Budget Subcommittee, Dawn consistently initiates ideas about how to make the budget more accessible to the larger Morro Bay community.

A Vision for Local Impact

Dawn is a lead organizer for Women’s March San Luis Obispo (WMSLO), an organization that encourages Central Coast residents to work for a more positive and just future. Dawn has led WMSLO from idea to reality by raising thousands of dollars and hosting numerous Central Coast events across the past two years. As a lead, Dawn plans with safety services such as Police and Fire. She is also in charge of permitting. Dawn works hard to collaborate with city and community agencies to make sure WMSLO events have a low environmental impact. As the media liaison, she is comfortable talking about difficult issues. Dawn will bring all of these skills and experiences to her service on the Morro Bay City Council.


  • 24th Congressional District Woman of the Year
  • State of the Union address guest from the 24th Congressional District
  • Los Osos Rotary Service Award
  • San Luis Obispo SELPA Golden Apple CAC Special Educator Award
  • Francis G. Warren Memorial Award Nominee

Leadership Activities

Member, Police and Community Together
Community members and advocates creating positive social change through dialogue, education, and understanding.

Member, Common Ground Task Force
Creating a forum for civil discourse about challenging topics.

Member, Equity Leadership Team
Ensuring more equity and access for all students.

Member, San Luis Coastal Teacher’s Association Executive Board
Leading for fair working conditions for local teachers.

Member, School Site Council
Reviewing the school budget and goals.

Member, Management Team
Reviewing of the school goals and schedule.

Mentor, Design for America
Mentoring university students to use design principles to solve community based problems.

Mentor, Teacher Induction Program
Mentoring new teachers through providing interpersonal and career support.

District English Learner Advisory Committee
Engaging families, guardians, and communities of English learner students.

Trans Affirming Trainer of Trainers
Training others on how to create welcoming & affirming spaces for Transgender people.


  • Morro Bay Open Space Alliance
  • San Luis Coastal Teachers Association
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People SLO County
  • California Association of Bilingual Educators
  • Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce


Administrative Services Credential Certificate of Eligibility
Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara, CA

Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization  
Project Optimal, Wiseburn School District, Hawthorne, CA  

Master of Arts Special Education
Teaching Credentials  
K-12 Education Specialist Mild/Moderate
Multiple Subject-Middle Level Emphasis
Single Subject Art/Spanish, CLAD
Bachelor of Arts Spanish and Art Education, Magna Cum Laude
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

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