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Michael Kirst, President | Ilene Straus, Vice President
Sue Burr | Carl A. Cohn | Bruce Holaday | Aida Molina | Patricia Ann Rucker
Nicolasa Sandoval
| Trish Boyd Williams | Kenton Shimozaki


Michael Kirst, President State Board of Education

 

Dr. Michael Kirst

State Board President

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Reappointed: January 15, 2014
Took Office: January 12, 2011

Michael Kirst Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Office of Education. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His latest books are, From High School to College with Andrea Venezia (2004) and Political Dynamics of American Education (2009). Professor Kirst is a member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education.

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Ilene Straus, Vice President State Board of Education

 

Dr. Ilene Straus

State Board Vice President

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Reappointed: January 16, 2013
Took Office: January 12, 2011

Dr. Ilene Straus served as the assistant superintendent for Educational Services in the Beverly Hills Unified School District before retiring in June, 2011. Prior to that, she was a teacher and an elementary, middle, and high school principal.  Straus received her bachelor’s degree and elementary teaching credential from University of California, Los Angeles, her master's degree in educational administration from California State University, Northridge, and her doctorate in educational leadership from University of Southern California. 

Straus began her career as a teacher in the Lennox School District, and served as an assistant principal at two large K-6 schools before becoming a K-7 principal at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.  Dr. Straus was named principal of Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica where she served for 16 years, leading the school to national distinction as the Disney School of the Year, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and twice recognized as a California Distinguished School.  Straus was named the California Secondary Principal of the Year in 1991, and received the YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 1996.

In 2002, Straus was named chief educational officer-principal of Santa Monica High School, where she guided the redesign of a large comprehensive high school into six smaller learning communities, helping the school to raise its academic performance index, which had been declining before her arrival, by 75 points. The U.S. Department of Education declared the school a national model for high school redesign, and Newsweek named it one of the country’s top 300 performing high schools.  Straus next served as the senior director of Secondary Education for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and joined Beverly Hills Unified School District in the fall of 2006 as assistant superintendent, where she developed stronger high school graduation requirements and intervention programs to support student success, as well as initiatives in mathematics and literacy.  She has taught graduate courses in educational leadership, supervision, and curriculum and instruction at California State University, Northridge, University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Straus has two adult children and lives with her husband in Marina del Rey. Dr. Straus currently focuses her time on State Board of Education priorities and responsibilities, consulting, and educational projects.

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Sue Burr, Member State Board of Education

 

Ms. Sue Burr

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Took Office: January 16, 2013

Sue Burr served as the executive director of the California State Board of Education and as education policy advisor to Governor Brown from 2011 to 2012. She served as the executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association from 2006 to 2011 and was the Association’s governmental relations director from 2003 to 2006. Burr was the assistant superintendent for business services with the Elk Grove Unified School District from 2000 to 2003. She served as the undersecretary of education under Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2000, also serving as interim secretary in 2000. Burr was co-director of the California State University Institute for Education Reform from 1995 to 1999, a principal consultant for the California Senate Education Committee from 1991 to 1994 and a principal consultant for the California Senate Appropriations Committee from 1986 to 1991. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento.

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Carl A. Cohn, Member State Board of Education

 

Dr. Carl A. Cohn

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Reappointed: January 15, 2014
Took Office: January 12, 2011

Carl A. Cohn, Ed.D., is co-director of the Urban Leadership Program and a clinical professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Most recently, he served as superintendent of schools in the San Diego Unified School District. Prior to that, he worked as clinical a professor at the University of Southern California, and was a federal court monitor for the special education consent decree in the Los Angeles school system. From 1992 to 2002, he was the superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District. His tenure at Long Beach culminated with him winning the McGraw Prize in 2002, and the district winning the Broad Prize in 2003.

Cohn has worked as a faculty advisor for both the Broad Superintendents Academy and the Harvard Urban Superintendents Program. He also serves on the boards of the American College Testing, Inc. (ACT), the Center for Reform of School Systems, and EdSource. Other national school reform activities include service on the Gates Foundation’s Empowering Effective Teachers Advisory Committee, the Teacher Preparation Assessment Consortium, the Advisory Council of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Research Council’s independent evaluation of the Washington D.C. Public Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Technical Advisory Committee.

Among his many publications, Cohn co-edited the 2004 Teachers College Press publication, Partnering to Lead Educational Renewal: High Quality Teachers, High Quality Schools.

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Bruce Holaday, Member State Board of Education

 

Mr. Bruce Holaday

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Took Office: July 11, 2012

Bruce Holaday has been the Director of Educational Advancement for Wildlife Associates since 2010. He was formerly the Director of Newpoint Tampa High School from 2009 to 2010 and Director of the Oakland Military Institute from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Holaday served in multiple positions at the Culver Academies from 1976 to 2004, including Development Director, Director of Summer Programs, and English teacher.

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Aida Molina, Member State Board of Education

 

Dr. Aida Molina

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Took Office: February 9, 2011

Aida Molina is Assistant Superintendent of Academic Improvement and Accountability for the Bakersfield City School District since January 2013 and was the district’s executive director from 2005 through 2012. Previously, Molina was a Commissioner with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing from 2004 to 2007. Molina was a principal with Bakersfield City School District from 2001 to 2005, an elementary school principal with the Sacramento Unified School District from 1999 to 2001, an assistant principal with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District from 1997 to 1999, and a bilingual teacher from 1992 to 1997. Molina is a member of the California Association of School Administrators and the California Association of Bilingual Educators.

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Patricia Ann Rucker, Member State Board of Education

 

Ms. Patricia Ann Rucker

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Reappointed: January 15, 2014
Took Office: January 12, 2011

Patricia Ann Rucker, of Elk Grove, has worked as the Legislative Advocate for the California Teachers Association since 2008. She also served as a consultant for the California Teachers Association on instruction and professional development from 1997 to 2008 and as a teacher in the Del Paso Heights School District during this same period Rucker was a lecturer in the Teacher Education department at CSU Sacramento from 1983 to 1997.

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Nicolasa Sandoval, Member State Board of Education

 

Dr. Nicolasa Sandoval

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Took Office: January 16, 2013

As Education Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Sandoval guides their strategic educational investments. The Tribe's educational initiatives embrace children and families from birth through adulthood by supporting kindergarten readiness, educational attainment, and career transitions.

A lecturer in the Education Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara (“UCSB”), Sandoval instructs undergraduates pursuing careers in teaching, academic counseling, and school psychology. Her primary research interest is family engagement in education. As an evaluator at UCSB, she collected and analyzed data for Project RENEW, a professional development and leadership initiative for mathematics instructors.

At the Nonprofit Support Center, Sandoval managed the organization's consulting practice and served as a trainer and facilitator for their professional development programs targeting nonprofit leaders. In her capacity as Assistant Director for Community Services at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (“NMAI”), she directed professional development and technical assistance for Native Americans in museum practice.

She holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCSB, M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, and B.A. in Public Relations from Pepperdine University. She resides in Lompoc with her husband, John Gustafsson, and their beloved canine companions, Stella and Midnight.

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Trish Boyd Williams, Member State Board of Education

 

Ms. Trish Boyd Williams

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827

Took Office: February 9, 2011

Trish Williams served nineteen years as the executive director of EdSource, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit K-14 research and communications organization, before retiring from that position in June 2011.  Williams now divides her time between her State Board service, consulting, and other projects.

While at EdSource, Williams led the growth of the agency’s policy, research, and communications work into a wide range of current K-14 policy, practice, and reform issues, and extended the agency’s reach throughout California and nationally.  In addition to her executive director role, Williams served as the project lead for a series of large-scale survey studies, including the landmark Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades study, released in February 2010, and an 8th grade student Algebra placement and proficiency analysis released later that same year.

Before coming to EdSource, Williams served as a presidential management intern and then as a management analyst for three years in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She subsequently served eight years as a program and policy consultant to the director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

Williams holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in urban studies and public policy from the University of Tulsa in her hometown. Williams is married to Stan Williams, who also committed a long career to public service. Their two sons graduated from California public schools. The oldest, Mike, graduated from Loyola Marymount College and is an aspiring filmmaker in Austin. The youngest, Elliot, graduated from University of California Los Angeles and is now attending medical school at University of California San Diego.

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Kenton Shimozaki, Student Member State Board of Education

 

Kenton Shimozaki, Student Member

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814

Took Office: September 3, 2014
Term Expires: July 31, 2015

Kenton Shimozaki, of Stockton, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education effective August 1, 2014. Shimozaki is a student at Lincoln High School. He currently serves as a student member on the Board of Trustees for Lincoln Unified School District and as president of the Lincoln High School Interact Club, a community service oriented club co-sponsored by the North Stockton Rotary Club. He was also secretary of the School Site Council at Lincoln High School and a member of Link Crew, a student leadership group that provides orientation to incoming freshman students at Lincoln High School. Shimozaki has participated as a student member on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Visiting Committee, and was recently part of a team that reviewed the Granite Bay and Leland High Schools for ongoing accreditation. He is a member of the Lincoln High School varsity tennis and cross country teams.

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