Superintendent Recruitment and Search Process

Why are we recruiting a new superintendent? 

Cindy Marten was appointed on May 13, 2021 as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Lamont Jackson has been appointed as Interim Superintendent through Dec. 31, 2021. The district is conducting a search process for a permanent superintendent.

What is the plan to recruit a new superintendent?

On Feb 2, 2021, the Board of Education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process that includes a plan for stakeholder engagement, allowing for multiple town halls, community meetings and other opportunities for the public to actively participate in the selection process. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) has been contracted to do this work. 

How can I participate in the process?

Please send your comments to  

Who is on the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee?

An Advisory Committee, reflecting the diversity of our students and the San Diego Community, is guiding the process. Advisory Committee representatives include:


Designated Representative

Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD)

Dr. Jolie Pickett

Alliance San Diego

Chris Wilson

Asian Pacific Islander Initiative

JoAnn Fields

Associated Student Body (ASB)

Isolina Delgado

Association of African American Educators (AAAE)

Tamara Muhammad 

Black Student Union Coalition

Arsema Aklog

California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)

Ricardo Soto

California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Sabrina Hahnlein

Chavista Youth Congress/Cesar Chavez Service Club

Joel Castro

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education

Scott Soady

District Advisory Council (DAC) on Compensatory Education

Dr. Crystal Trull

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

Lallia Allali 

Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee

Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Geurtson

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Parents

Janis Tan

Latino Advisory Committee

Nancy Maldonado

Music in the Schools

Ann Marie Haney

My School Votes San Diego

Elea Castiglione

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Holly Wright

San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council

Carol Kim

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD)

Dr. Ricky Shabazz

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Nathan Fletcher

San Diego Educators Association (SDEA)

Kisha Borden

San Diego Mayor’s Office

Nick Serrano

San Diego Schools Police Officers Association (POA)

Tom Gray

San Diego State University (SDSU)

Dr. Mary Taylor

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Peter Callstrom 

Student Advisory Board

Lillian Franqui

Student Wellness Education & Resources Committee

Kate Chasin

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Dr. Ed Abeyta

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Foundation

Doreen Schonbrun


Representatives from each Trustee’s Subdistrict:

Trustee / Subdistrict

Representative 1

Representative 2

Representative 3

Bazzo / A

Dr. John Lee Evans 

Laurie Hinzman

Theresa Suarez 

Beiser / B

Michael Stewart

Shana Hazan

Lisa Morris

McQuary / C

Ernie Remillard

Michael Goodbody 

Mahogany Taylor

Barrera / D

David Alvarez

Linda LeGerrette

Clare Crawford 

Whitehurst-Payne / E

Dan Nyamangah 

Charles Alexander

Kea Hagan 

Patterson / Student

Jacqueline Deanda 

Sophia Maristela 

Sydney Boerner



What is the timeline for the recruitment and selection process? 


Feb. 2, 2021: The board of education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process.

Feb. 23, 2021: The board approved the initial representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 9, 2021: The board approved additional representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 18, 2021: The district opened the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) solicitation from interested organizations to conduct community engagement and Town Halls. 

March 23, 2021: The Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Officer presented information to the board and public on the district’s RFP and contracting process. The presentation is available at$file/RFP%20Process%20Presentation%20.pdf.

April 29, 2021, 1:00 pm: Request for Proposals closed.

May 5 - 12, 2021: The Advisory Committee was invited to participate in interviews of the responsive bidders.

May 19, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee. The Agendas and videos are posted on the district website at

 June 2, 16, and 23, 2021: Meetings of the Advisory Committee.

July - September 2021: 34 Community Input Sessions were held to identify the qualities needed in the next permanent Superintendent to lead the district. An opportunity was also offered for stakeholders to provide feedback on three survey questions.

July 21, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee.

August 11, and 26, 2021: Meetings of the Advisory Committee.

September 8, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee.

September 30, 2021: NCEE will provide a final report to the Advisory Committee of data compiled during the Community Input Sessions.

 October 6, 2021: The Advisory Committee will propose a Job Posting based on information gathered during the Community Input Sessions.

October 12, 2021: The Job Possting will be presented to the Board of Education for approval.

October - November 2021: The position of superintendent will be posted for applications by qualified candidates.

November 2021: The Advisory Committee will screen the candidate application packages and will recommend up to ten (10) candidates to be interviewed by the Board.

December 2021: The Board will select up to three (3) final candidates.  Community forums will be held for the public to meet the finalists and provide feedback. The Board will appoint a permanent Superintendent.


If I have questions regarding the recruitment and selection process or just have a comment, who can I contact? 


Comments or questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to