Dr. Valerie Pitts has over 38 years of varied school and district leadership experience in six districts and five counties in Northern California and most recently, central Oregon. Her focus has been on creating equitable and inclusive learning environments, rigorous, accessible, and project based curriculum, mastery and self-directed student learning opportunities for all. She shared leadership with the governance team, staff, parents, students and community through dynamic strategic planning, accountable communication and sustained partnerships. She enjoyed a 12-year tenure as a successful CA superintendent and during that time assisted other districts with shared services as interim superintendent and senior advisor. Her vast K-12 experience also includes collaboration with local colleges and universities and she is currently an adjunct education leadership professor at San Francisco State University. She volunteers as a senior leadership mentor for the California Association of School Administrators. Dr. Pitts has served on numerous state and local committees, presented at national conferences and published articles on inclusive education.