Deb Sigman serves as a Senior Managing Director at WestEd, overseeing a portfolio that includes school and district improvement, services to English learner and migrant students, and using assessment to inform and improve student learning. She also serves as Co-Director of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, one of 19 federally funded regional centers, providing technical assistance to the state education agencies of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.
As a state and national education leader, Sigman has focused on improving education systems through an equitable, coherent, and connected approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Sigman’s expertise in education policy, student assessment, and accountability facilitates meaningful and successful partnerships with state, regional, and local education agencies. The partnerships develop and support a culture of rigorous, equitable learning opportunities for all students.
Prior to joining WestEd, Sigman held several leadership positions in California districts. She also served in the California Department of Education, first as the State Assessment Director, and then as the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, overseeing assessment, accountability, charter schools, English learner services, and programs serving traditionally underserved students. As a member of the National Assessment Governing Board Policy Task Force, she provided feedback on policies and projects related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In 2018, in honor of her service, Sigman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Educational Research Association.
She holds degrees in psychology and counseling from the University of California and California State University.