Lupita Cortez Alcalá is the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and Learning Support for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. In this capacity, Ms. Alcalá represents the Superintendent in the program areas of English/language arts, history, visual & performing arts, physical education, teacher support, support for English learners and migrant students, curriculum and instructional resources, early childhood programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, high school initiatives and career technical education.
Ms. Alcalá is a graduate of Harvard University’s School of Education earning a Master’s degree in Planning Administration and Social Policy. Ms. Alcalá earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish Literature. She has over a decade of experience in Government Affairs for K-12 and Higher Education. Ms. Alcalá was formerly the Deputy Superintendent of Government Affairs and Charter Development and was responsible for the administration of all departmental activities relating to state and federal legislation and funding as well as providing guidance and support for the development and oversight of high quality charter schools.
Prior to joining the California Department of Education, Governor Davis appointed Ms. Alcalá as his deputy legislative secretary. In that capacity, she advised the Governor on all Kindergarten through grade 12 and higher education legislation and served as a liaison to the education community.