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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
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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
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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
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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.



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
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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.



Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon, Member State Board of Education

Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0827
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End of Term: January 15, 2020
Reappointed: January 18, 2016
Took Office: April 10, 2015

Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon has invested 15 years in the field of education working in various capacities including teaching, research, operations, policy, program development and college access. Despite a wide gamut of experiences at the local and national level, Feliza has predominately focused on issues of access and equity, specifically as it relates to Latino students and English learners.

Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon's Full Biography

A champion of equitable education and opportunities for all students, Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon currently serves as the Senior Director of K-16 Education at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). As Senior Director, Feliza leads and coaches the national Youth Leadership team to develop a common vision and practice for high quality education programs including culturally relevant service-learning, college and career-readiness, STEM initiatives, and post-secondary programs geared at first-generation college students.

Feliza holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science, a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning, and a doctoral degree in Education Leadership from the University of California, Irvine. Feliza resides in the great City of Long Beach with her husband, a veteran teacher at Long Beach Unified School District, and their two young children.



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
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End of Term: January 15, 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.



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
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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.



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
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End of Term: January 15, 2020
Reappointed: January 18, 2016
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.

Dr. Nicolasa Sandoval's Full Biography

A lecturer in the Education Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara (“UCSB”), Dr. Nicolasa 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.



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
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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.



Brenna Pangelinan, 2019-2020 Student Member State Board of Education

Brenna Pangelinan

Student Member

Contact:
State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Room 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Term Expires: July 31, 2020
Took Office: August 1, 2019

Brenna Pangelinan is a Senior at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA. Pangelinan was the Student Board Member for the Sweetwater Union High School District from 2018-2019.

Brenna Pangelinan's Full Biography

She is currently the Associated Student Body President of her school, and has been a strong advocate for social emotional learning through the founding of the Eastlake High School Mental Health Task Force. Pangelinan has also been involved in nonprofit work as a Champions Council Member for the Nothing But Nets UN Foundation Campaign.



Questions: State Board of Education | sbe@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0827 
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 26, 2019
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