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Jorge A. Aguilar became the twenty-eighth Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District on July 1, 2017. He leads the thirteenth largest school district in California with 46,843 students, more than 4,200 employees and a budget of more than $566.99 million. Aguilar was selected Superintendent by the Board of Education because of his proven track record using data to improve student outcomes.

Superintendent Aguilar has more than twenty years of K-12 and higher education experience with a strong focus and background on issues of equity and student achievement. Prior to his appointment, he served as Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access at Fresno Unified School District. In his career, Superintendent Aguilar has also served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of California, Merced; as a Spanish teacher at South Gate High School; and a legislative fellow in the State Capitol.

At the meeting of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) meeting on August 6, 2015, the five-member board voted unanimously to select former State Board of Education member and long-time educator, Dr. Carl A. Cohn, to serve as the first executive director of the recently-formed statewide agency tasked with advising and assisting student achievement across the state via the new Local Control and Accountability Plans.

Susan Colby is a partner in McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office and leads the firm’s North American Education Practice. She works with social and public sector clients on society’s most pressing problems with a special focus on education. Colby also co-leads McKinsey’s Women’s Initiative and is involved in “Women in the Economy,” which provides insights on how companies can unlock the full potential of women’s talent in their organizations. Prior to McKinsey, Colby was the Chief Executive Officer at Stupski Foundation, a national philanthropy that focused on education for low-income students. She was also a founding partner of the Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office and led the group’s work in K-12 education and foundation strategy for more than a decade. 

Christopher Edley, Jr. is the co-president and co-founder of the Opportunity Institute. He founded and continues to be Chair of Partners for Each and Every Child, now a project of the Opportunity Institute.  He co-chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence (2011-13), appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan. Edley is the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, after serving as dean from 2004 through 2013. Before Berkeley, he was a law professor at Harvard for 23 years, where Professor Gary Orfield and he co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project. 

Glen Harvey became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WestEd in June 1997 and has led the agency’s transformation to a mission-driven and quality- and impact-focused agency. Under Harvey’s leadership, WestEd emphasizes performing the highest quality research-based work to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. Harvey ensures that WestEd produces significant and positive impact, especially for those children and their families in greatest need.

Scott Hill is Vice-President for the College Board, leading the team that support students, teachers, schools, and higher education institutions in the Western Region.   For over twenty years, he has served in various leadership positions in California, regionally, nationally, and internationally in the areas of standards, assessments, accountability, and organizational management.  Hill started with the College Board in 2013; prior, he was a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where his portfolio managed the Foundation’s Common Core standards and assessments investments.  He also directed the national education strategy for the nation of Qatar, while living in the Middle East.  He has served in the public and private sectors in California, including government roles as Executive Director of the Academic Standards and Curriculum Commissions, Chief Deputy Superintendent at the California Department of Education, and Undersecretary of Education.

Ted Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, California. He is also a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, Mr. Lempert was the founding CEO and co-founder of EdVoice, a California education reform organization.

Mr. Lempert was a California State Assemblymember representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties from 1996 to 2000 and 1988 to 1992. He served as chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Select Committees on Education Technology and Coastal Protection, and co-chair of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education. He had more than 75 bills signed by Governors Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis, including major laws in the areas of education, health care, children and families, tax policy and the environment.

Mijares was appointed Ora​nge County Superintendent of Schools in August 2012, and prior to that time he served for six years as the Vice President of the College Board where he worked to expand the high school-to-university pipeline, in order to assure the college readiness and success for students, especially the underrepresented.

He joined the College Board after serving as Superintendent of the Santa Ana (CA) Unified School District for more than 11 years. Under his guidance, the district received national recognition for successfully meeting the needs of its diverse student body. Mijares was praised for his innovative curricular reform and for improving reading and math skills.

Christy Pichel is the former President of the Stuart Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to supporting improvements in the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington.  During her tenure the Foundation invested over $200 million and engaged in numerous collaborations in philanthropy and with non-profit and public sector organizations. Her twenty years in philanthropy also included senior management positions at the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the CS Fund.  Her earlier experience in non-profit organizations provided understanding of the potential and challenges of the sector that informed her approach in philanthropy.  Pichel was a founder and executive director of the Summerfield Waldorf School in Sonoma County during its establishment on a permanent site with a bio-dynamic farm and garden.  She was the administrator and board member of the Farallones Institute, an early pioneer in renewable energy and sustainable development.


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