From her beginnings as the Bay Area Liaison for A Better Chance, through forming the nonprofit Educational Technology Training Institute, to becoming an Oakland teacher and principal, School Improvement Grant coordinator, Director of Academics for Seneca Center, Associate Superintendent of Education for Alameda County and now Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Karen has remained deeply committed to advocating and leading for the best educational outcomes for all students. She has also used her skills as an educational leader to innovate and introduce major initiatives to help increase mental health services in schools and designed a system of support to aid in the effective communication between educators and behavioral health providers. She was recognized for her outstanding work in significantly improving achievement outcomes for students.
Karen holds a BA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a teaching credential from Holy Names University, and an administrative credential from the national New Leaders educational leadership program.
ACOE membership approved – May 5, 2016