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The members of the State Board of Education is California's K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability. The public may send an e-mail to all board members.


Linda Darling-Hammond, President State Board of Education

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond

State Board President

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

End of Term: January 15, 2023
Took Office: February 11, 2019

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute, created to provide high-quality research for policies that enable equitable and empowering education for each and every child.  At Stanford she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond's Full Biography

Dr. Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, Research Review, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 reportWhat Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy.

Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College before coming to Stanford. She has consulted widely with federal, state and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices and is the recipient of 14 honorary degrees in the U.S. and internationally. Among her more than 600 publications are a number of award-winning books, includingThe Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing WorldandThe Flat World and Education.She received an Ed.D. from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude).



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

End of Term: January 15, 2021
Reappointed: March 9, 2017
Reappointed: January 14, 2013
Took Office: January 12, 2011

Ilene Straus has served on the California State Board of Education since 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board. She is a Lecturer in the Ed.D. program at the UCLA Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Ilene Straus' Full Biography

Straus has led schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and educational services as the assistant superintendent, resulting in national distinction as the Disney School of the Year, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a California Distinguished School, one of the country’s top performing high schools, the California Secondary Principal of the Year and the YWCA Woman of the Year Award. She currently works with site and district leaders supporting a coherent focus on instruction to improve student achievement.



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

End of Term: January 15, 2021
Reappointed: March 9, 2017
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.

Sue Burr's Full Biography

Sue 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.



Cynthia Glover Woods, Member State Board of Education

Dr. Cynthia Glover Woods

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

End of Term: January 15, 2022
Took Office: July 6, 2020

Cynthia Glover Woods is the Chief Academic Officer at the Riverside County Office of Education. Her professional experience includes service in multiple positions in districts located in Los Angeles County and Riverside County. She has worked as an instructional assistant, teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, professional development coordinator, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent of instructional services.

Dr. Cynthia Glover Woods' Full Biography

As Chief Academic Officer, she leads the county office's Educational Services division with a focus on supporting equitable learning environments and increasing student academic achievement and post-secondary readiness. She facilitates the provision of services to school districts and charter schools in the areas of curriculum, data and assessment, educational technology, and teacher and administrator credentialing.

In addition to her work with the Riverside County Office of Education, she has served as the chair of the Curriculum Instruction Steering Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association and a board member of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cynthia earned a bachelor's degree in English from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University.



James J. McQuillen, Member State Board of Education

Mr. James J. McQuillen

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

End of Term: January 15, 2024
Took Office: July 6, 2020

James J. McQuillen, a Yurok tribal citizen, has been appointed to the State Board of Education. He is from the village of Turip along the lower Klamath River in far Northern California and has been an advocate in education for thirty years plus. McQuillen has served as the Director of the Yurok Tribe’s Education Department since 2004.

James J. McQuillen's Full Biography

As the Education Director, he oversees more than 75 employees working to improve scholastic outcomes for students of every age, ranging from toddlers to college students. The Department is comprised of three Head Starts, the nationally recognized Yurok Language Program, a Higher Education Program and several other services that support the advancement of tribal youth. Additionally, McQuillen headed up the team that paved the way for the Yurok language to be taught in three separate school districts. He is a lifelong practitioner of the Tribe’s rich culture and his family organizes an annual Brush Dance, which is a traditional healing ceremony. McQuillen holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) in school counseling, as well as a Marriage Family Therapy (MFT) license in California. He has been in private practice, a lecturer at Humboldt State University (HSU), and an Assistant Principal.



Matt Navo, Member State Board of Education

Mr. Matt Navo

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

End of Term: January 15, 2023
Took Office: March 29, 2019

Matt Navo served as the former superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District from 2013-2018.  Matt has served in various K-12 roles, a special education teacher, secondary instructor, counselor, resource teacher, junior high learning, high school assistant principal, elementary principal, alternative education principal, director of special education, area administrator.

Matt Navo's Full Biography

Matt was previously appointed by California Governor, Jerry Brown, to sit on various state level committees, board and work groups, such as the Advisory Commission for Special Education, the California Special Education Task Force, the California Practitioners Advisory Group (CPAG) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). Matt received his Bachelor Degree in Education and his Masters’ Degree in Special Education from California State University, Fresno. He has an array of credentials which include: a Professional Administrative Credential, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Professional Specialists Credential in Special Education, and a Supplemental Credential with an Autism emphasis. Matt currently serves as Director of System Transformation with the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI) at WestEd.



Kim Pattillo Brownson, Member State Board of Education

Ms. Kim Pattillo Brownson

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

End of Term: January 15, 2024
Reappointed: January 21, 2020
Took Office: March 29, 2019

As the Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Pattillo Brownson is responsible for strengthening First 5 LA’s profile and influence on local and statewide early childhood public policy, legislative and advocacy efforts. In addition to oversight of First 5 LA’s relationships with local, state and federal policy makers, Pattillo Brownson also ensures First 5 LA’s external strategic partnerships, public policy and government affairs, and communications and marketing efforts are integrated to drive better outcomes for the highest number of children and families in L.A. County.

Kim Pattillo Brownson's Full Biography

Pattillo Brownson previously served as the Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization engaged in policy and systems change to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. In this capacity, she led the Advancement Project’s policy and advocacy staff across Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area and provided strategic direction to their work on early education, school funding, and school facilities, public budgeting transparency, governmental relations, and state and local campaign advocacy.  In addition to spearheading statewide coalition work on the early childhood budget, her local coalition work at the Los Angeles Unified School District resulted in over $1 billion in increased investment in the highest-need neighborhoods for K-12 and early learning students, and expanded early learning programs for almost 8,000 young children.

Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Kim was an education attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she focused on educational equity issues in California schools. Previously, she worked in private sector litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Kim began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores Sloviter on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Kim worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where she provided financial and strategic planning services to Fortune 500 companies.

Pattillo Brownson earned a Doctor of Law degree from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies.



Haydee Rodriguez, Member State Board of Education

Ms. Haydee Rodriguez

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

End of Term: January 15, 2024
Took Office: July 6, 2020

Haydee Rodriguez, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), is a bilingual and bicultural high school teacher who received her bachelor’s in history from San Diego State University, and earned a graduate degree in education from Stanford University, in 2002. As a graduate student at Stanford she participated in the founding of East Palo Alto High School, an urban college-prep, student-centered/teacher-led school. In 2005, she became a National Board Certified Teacher and has worked tirelessly to increase the teacher’s voice at the local, state and national levels. Although her specialization is in history, she has also taught Theater, AP Spanish Language and Literature, AP Government, ELD, and is currently teaching AVID, Journalism, as well as being the AVID Coordinator at Central Union High School.

Haydee Rodriguez' Full Biography

In 2014, Rodriguez was appointed by Governor Brown to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where she chaired the Educator Preparation Committee and served as liaison to the Committee on Accreditation. She also served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards from 2009 until 2017. In addition, she has served on the NPBTS’ Standards Committee for Social Studies/History, the CAEP Commission and the NEA’s Commission on Transforming Teaching.

Haydee has received various awards and fellowships. In 2016, she was named Stanford GSE Alumni of Excellence. She was also named Woman of the Year by both her Assembly member, Eduardo Garcia (2016), and state Senator Ben Hueso (2020) for her commitment to equity, access and social justice in education. In 2001, she received the Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, and was named NCSS Student Teacher of the Year. In 2008, she was named ACSA of Imperial County Teacher of the Year, and was selected by Rotary International to represent Southern California in Ghana and Togo.

As an International Leader in Education (ILEP), she represented the U.S. State Department for a month as an educational ambassador in Brazil. She was also sponsored by the Transatlantic Outreach Program to visit East and West Germany to study their educational system, apprentice programs and opportunities for immigrants.

Other than having danced a Paso Doble in a Dancing with the Stars Competition to raise money for scholarships, she also walked the Way of St. James from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Haydee was born in Mexicali, BC and lives in El Centro, California.



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

End of Term: January 15, 2022
Reappointed: January 9, 2018
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.

Patricia Ann Rucker's Full Biography

As a teacher in the Del Paso Heights School District during this same period, Patricia Ann Rucker was a lecturer in the Teacher Education department at CSU Sacramento from 1983 to 1997.



Ting L. Sun, Member State Board of Education

Dr. Ting L. Sun

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

End of Term: January 15, 2022
Reappointed: January 9, 2018
Took Office: May 6, 2015

Ting Lan Sun is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Sacramento-based Natomas Charter School (NCS). She has more than 28 years’ experience in the field of education and has been actively involved in educational policy for over 23 years as a teacher, administrator, and charter school operator.

Dr. Ting L. Sun's Full Biography

Prior to her tenure as Executive Director of NCS, Dr. Ting L. Sun served as the Educational Programs Director, leading curriculum, instruction, staff development, and professional growth. From 1997–2000, she was an Educational Programs Consultant in the California Department of Education’s Charter Schools Unit where she participated in the development of charter school administrative policies and regulations, and the administration of the federal public charter schools grant program. She has also served as a senior consultant for Cambridge Education, an international school quality review and educational consulting firm.

Ting was Vice President of Leadership and Quality for the California Charter Schools Association from 2003-2006 where she developed and implemented the Association’s quality assurance strategy and initiatives, including standards articulation, quality site visits, and program reviews. Ting was also responsible for technical assistance publications, knowledge briefs, reports and articles published by the organization. In addition she has created, directed and implemented effective leadership training programs in all aspects of charter school administration and served as a mentor for the Leadership for Educational Entrepreneur (LEE) program at Arizona State University. Ting served on California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) from 2007-2011 and as chair of the CTC from 2009-2011. Ting also co-chaired the state's Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory Committee from 2011-2015.

Ting received her bachelor’s degree in Latin and English from Austin College, a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and a doctorate of education from the University of California at Davis.



Zaid Fattah, 2020-2021 Student Member State Board of Education

Zaid Fattah

Student Member

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

Term Expires: July 30, 2021
Took Office: August 1, 2020

Zaid Fattah is a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. Along with his role as the Student Member on the California State Board of Education, he serves as the California Association of Student Council’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Director in region 4. In his school community, Fattah is a member of Monte Vista’s Site Council and a student representative on his school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan committee.

Zaid Fattah's Full Biography

Fattah is the president and co-founder of a chapter of Paper Airplanes, a global non-profit organization that provides free online English language instruction to refugee youth. He is the president of Monte Vista’s Muslim Student Association and a co-president of Monte Vista’s California Scholarship Federation. Fattah is a co-vice president and nationally-ranked competitor on Monte Vista’s award-winning speech and debate team, as well. This past summer, he placed 9th in the nation in his speech event, Program Oral Interpretation, at the NSDA National Speech and Debate Tournament.


Questions: State Board of Education | sbe@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0827 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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