Tracy Pumilia began her career as a member of the 1990 charter corps for Teach for America and has over 32 years of service to K12 students and their communities. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her Master’s in Administration from Pepperdine University. Ms. Pumilia currently is pursuing her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, is a member of ACSA and CALSA, and recently joined the HYA family as an Associate. Previously she was Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, for the Culver City Unified School District for six years.
Throughout her career, Ms. Pumilia emphasized ongoing systems work to align district strategic objectives. She facilitated the development of board-approved equity and inclusion policies and their accompanying strategic action plans, which were instrumental in the district leading Los Angeles County in reducing the opportunity gaps among its African American students. She successfully garnered over $3.5 million in federal and state grants to implement numerous district improvement initiatives, including dual language programming, multi-tiered systems of support, and inclusive practices for students with disabilities. Additionally, under Ms. Pumilia’s leadership, the district was recognized by the state as an Exemplary Arts District, particularly for its strong community arts partnerships and innovative College and Career Education pathways in the Arts, Media and Entertainment sector. She is bilingual in Spanish and is a specialist in supporting the needs of English language learners and their communities.
Northwestern University, BS Journalism
Pepperdine University, MS Administration
Vanderbilt University, EdD Leadership & Learning in Organizations (June 2024)