Delaine Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman in history elected to that position.
As an elected constitutional officer, Delaine managed more than 40% of the California budget and oversaw the education of 6.1 million children. While serving as SPI, she advocated for universal preschool, full day mandatory kindergarten, reduced class size in K-3, a longer school year, better technology, a restoration of arts and career and technical education, school gardens and improved nutrition for children, state academic standards and assessments aligned to those standards.
Prior to serving as SPI, Delaine served 8 years in the California State Assembly where she chaired several committees including the Education Committee. She authored what was the largest school bond in history and put higher education and K-12 education together in that bond for the first time. She also authored legislation to provide for better financial oversight of schools.
After retiring as SPI, Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, DC and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. She now does speaking and consulting. She is an avid reader, gardener, cook, traveler and advocate for children.
Delaine serves on a number of boards, including SIATech, that support the education, health and civic engagement of children from preschool to college. She is Chair of ClosetheGap.CA to elect more women to the legislature in 2014 and 2016 and serves on numerous boards that support education.
Delaine holds a BA from UC Davis and an MA from UC Santa Barbara.
Delaine will close the policy forum.