Elected to the Board in 2010
Current Term: 2018 – 2022
Gregg Sonken is a 34 year resident of the Encinitas Union School District, both in the City of Encinitas and now in South Carlsbad. Gregg attended UCLA, graduating Cum Laude while earning his Bachelor of Arts in History. He received a Master’s Degree from United States International University. Gregg’s four children were all students of the Encinitas Union School District. His oldest daughter, following his footsteps, is an elementary special education teacher. Gregg and his wife are owner/operators of a successful family run café in Del Mar. Gregg works there full-time and volunteers his time in different community events and programs. He serves on the Board of Global Church Partners, supporting service and training programs in both California and Mexico.
Gregg started as a teacher in the Encinitas Union School District in 1979. He taught 5th and 6th grade at Pacific View Elementary and then served as a Principal at Capri, Paul Ecke Central and Mission Estancia. Under his leadership, Paul Ecke Central earned the National Title I Distinguished School Award, and at Mission Estancia under his direction, the school earned California Distinguished School recognition. In 2007, Mission Estancia earned the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award. Gregg was recognized as the Encinitas Union School District’s’ Administrator of the Year in 2009. He retired that year to devote full-time attention to the family’s business and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010.