Davis Campbell, who retired as Executive Director of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) in 2001, has a distinguished career in public education. Prior to his retirement from CSBA (1988-2001), Campbell served as Executive Director of the California Institute for School Improvement and managing partner of SRA Associates (1983-88). From 1977 to 1983 he served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California. He maintains an active consulting practice in effective governance at both the state and international level.
David Chai is a consultant who has served as a strategic advisor to leaders in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. He currently serves as a Strategic Advisor for the Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard Project and is a Global Advisory Council Member of the Governance Lab at New York University.
Addison Covert is an attorney and partner in the Northern California office of Parker & Covert, LLP, located in Sacramento. He represents public and private sector clients in public finance, business, education, and construction law. He has earned a reputation for assisting clients in the mediation, or other resolution of complex disputes. A majority of his clients are school districts; however, Mr.
Sue Davis a long-time supporter of the School of Education. She received her B.S. in Child Development from UC Davis in ’72, Teaching Credential in ’73, and her Master’s Degree from California State Sacramento in ’81. She was a classroom teacher for 37 years, retiring from Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael in 2010.
Hardeep is an innovative leader and executive with more than two decades of experience leading software businesses. Hardeep’s passion for education and proven expertise in guiding companies through periods of growth has been instrumental to the ongoing successful implementation of PowerSchool’s expansion plan. Under Hardeep’s leadership, PowerSchool has introduced award-winning, integrated classroom solutions and made a lasting impact on the future of K-12 education.
Jennifer L. Johnson has served as the Deputy Legislative Secretary in the Office of the Governor of California since 2017, first for Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and now for Governor Gavin Newsom.
She oversees the Governor’s K-12 education legislation policy portfolio, negotiating with legislators, labor, management, business, state agency and civil justice advocates, and provides the Governor with briefings and recommendations on all K-12 education bills.
Linda Luna has served in public education for the past 37 years. Her most recent appointment as the Superintendent of the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) in West Sacramento was between July 1, 2015 and January 1, 2021. Prior to her appointment in West Sacramento, Linda served as the Superintendent for five years in the Millbrae School District.
Dr. Ed Manansala has spent more than 20 years working in the public school system. He started as a Coordinator of Learning Support Services with the Sacramento Unified School District and then became Principal and Superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools. He served as the Deputy Superintendent of El Dorado County before his appointment to Superintendent of Schools at the beginning of 2016.
A first-generation college student, Dr. Turner entered UC Davis on a Cal Aggie Alumni Association scholarship. She is a member of the UC Davis Golden Society alumni, a graduate of the first MA cohort in the School of Education, and the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumna award. Currently, Caroline Turner, an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar, is Professor for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program and served as Interim Dean for the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento.
Kristin Wright is the Executive Director in Sacramento County Office of Education, division of Equity, Diversity, Early Intervention, and Support Services. Kristin brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to this important position as a policy expert, a former special education student teacher, and a mother of a child with disabilities. Her public service career took a turn with the birth of her middle daughter, Shelby, who has significant intellectual and physical disabilities.