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Organization Overview

An overview of the entire California Department of Education (CDE) showing branches and divisions.

California Department of Education (CDE) Org Chart Overview

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tony Thurmond

State Board of Education

Brooks Allen, Executive Director

Special Projects

Jennie Carreon, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Superintendent's Initiatives Office

Malia Vella, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Government Affairs Division

Amy Tang-Paterno, Director

Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mary Nicely

Communications Division

Maria Clayton, Director

Information & Technology Branch
Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division

Cindy Kazanis, Director

Educational Data Management Division

Jerry Winkler, Director

Technology Services Division

Rodney Okamoto, Director

Student Support Services Branch

Vacant, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Career & College Transition Division

Pete Callas, Director

Family Engagement Office

Lisa Borrego, Director

Student Achievement & Support Division

Vacant, Director

Instruction, Measurement & Administration Branch

Cheryl Cotton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Assessment Development & Administration Division

Mao Vang, Director

Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division

Mike Torres, Director

Educator Excellence & Equity Division

Monique McWayne, Interim Director

Human Resources Division

Chaunda Bell, Director

Office of Equal Opportunity

Randi Thompson, SSMIII

State Special Schools & Services Division

Vacant, Director

Opportunities for All Branch

Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Early Education Division

Stephen Propheter, Director

Expanded Learning Division

Michael Funk, Director

Multilingual Support Division

Alesha Moreno-Ramiez, Director

Nutrition Services Division

Kim Frinzell, Director

Special Education Division

Heather Calomese, Director

Operations & Administration Branch

Vacant, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Charter Schools Division

Stephanie Farland, Director

Fiscal & Administration Services Division

Leisa Maestretti, Director

School Facilities & Transportation Services Division

Juan Mireles, Director

School Fiscal Services Division

Elizabeth Dearstyne, Director

Legal & Audits Branch

Amy Bisson Holloway, General Counsel

Administrative Support & Regulation Adoptions Office

Lorie Adame, SSMII

Audits & Investigations Division

Alice Lee, Director

Categorical Programs Complaints Managment

Celina Arias-Romero, Ed Admin

Legal Affairs I, II & III

Virginia Dunlap, Chief Counsel II
Todd Smith, Chief Counsel II
Len Garfinkel, Chief Counsel II

Questions:   Human Resources Division | 916-319-0348
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 18, 2022
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    The Information & Technology Branch Provides leadership within CDE to manage its data, collects demographic data from districts and schools, and assists the field in their use of technology to improve learning.
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