Alicia Bowman is dedicated to supporting educators, at all levels of the system, to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. She has expertise in multiple areas of K–12 public education, including strategic planning, school leadership, continuous improvement, systems design, coaching, supervision, professional development, and accountability.
As an Improvement Specialist with Educational Leadership and System Design, her work includes developing the improvement capacity of leaders through coaching, professional learning, and technical assistance at the state, regional, district, and school levels. Bowman also serves as a Focus Area Lead for the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, supporting projects across CA, NV, AZ, and UT focused on Supporting a Comprehensive and Rigorous Education for Every Student.
Bowman’s accomplishments include being awarded the 2020 Ed Myers Award for Exceptional Contribution to the WestEd Community for her work leading a cross-organizational team to develop the agency’s Equity Framework. Bowman currently leads another cross-organizational team to develop training and technology to enhance WestEd’s coaching services.
She is also the coauthor of several WestEd publications, including Getting Better at Getting More Equitable: Opportunities and Barriers for Using Continuous Improvement to Advance Educational Equity, Getting Better at Getting More Equitable: Addressing Racial Inequities in Education Using Equity-Driven Continuous Improvement, and Facilitating Improvement in Teacher Practice: Professional Learning Modules.
Prior to joining WestEd, Bowman was a district administrator in several California school districts, an elementary school principal, and coach for the National Equity Project.
She holds an Administrative Services Credential and MA in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California, and her BA in Ethnic Studies from Mills College.