Dr. Carmella S. Franco’s career in education spans more than 40 years, during which time she served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, an elementary and middle school principal, head of a personnel department, and 12 years as Superintendent of the Whittier City School District. Following retirement, she was named Interim Superintendent of two school districts, and was appointed by the State Board of Education (SBE) as State Trustee of a take-over school district in Monterey County. The SBE recognized her expertise in working successfully with districts facing difficult challenges, both fiscal and academic. She served as Director of the ACSA Superintendents’ Academy, South for 14 years, and is currently working with a national cohort of aspiring superintendents. She also is a Mentor in the USC Urban Superintendents Academy Program. Dr. Franco has served as President of the Whittier Rotary Club, Chairperson of the YMCA of Greater Whittier Board of Directors, and is President of the Rio Hondo College Foundation. She co-authored a book titled “A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity” and has presented extensively on a variety of topics, including building a strong Board and Superintendent governance team.