Magdalena Carrillo Mejia Ph.D., and Chair, Education Committee
Maggie is an experienced educator and serves as a K-12 education consultant and board member of several foundations. She was co-coordinator of the Cowell Foundation’s Stanford English Learner Leadership Network and has served on the Board of Directors of EdSource. Maggie began as a classroom teacher in San Diego, where she was also a bilingual specialist and an assistant principal. She then served as principal of a struggling high school in Orange County, where she succeeded in dramatically improving educational outcomes for its large population of Latino and EL students. She attributes that success to setting high expectations for students and working closely with parents, staff, teachers, and community. Maggie went on to the Montebello Unified School District, where she served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent. In 2004, Maggie was appointed Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District. During her tenure the district was recognized for its fiscal solvency, improved relationships with certificated and classified employees, increased gains in student performance, and developing multiple supports for EL, Special Education and high-risk students. Maggie has been widely recognized, receiving the Milken Educator Award, the National PTA Excellence Award, and the first CABE Administrator of the Year Award, as well as being chosen as Woman of the Year for the 30th State Senatorial District and ACSA Superintendent of the Year, Region 4.