Al Mijares is superintendent of the Orange County, California Department of Education. Before that, he served for six years as the vice president of the College Board where he worked to expand the high school-to-university pipeline with the goal of preparing all students, especially underrepresented students, are prepared for college and careers. He joined the College Board after serving as Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Bakersfield City School District. Dr. Mijares has also held faculty positions as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and taught part-time at both Pepperdine University and Compton College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.