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Lupita Alcalá

Lupita Cortez Alcalá has 20 years of experience championing better educational outcomes for the children and adults of California and over a decade of experience in government affairs for pre- K-12 and higher education.

Most recently, she served as the first Latina Chief Deputy Superintendent, for the California Department of Education. She has served in numerous leadership roles including as Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, becoming a prominent voice in the statewide discussion on college affordability and financial aid reform. Lupita also served as member and Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

In addition, as Deputy Superintendent, of Instruction and Learning, she held key leadership roles in promoting and implementing, programs regarding early education, English learners, migrant students, career pathways, Linked Learning, workforce, STEM and high school aged youth and adults, in partnership with – pre-K-12 and Higher Education stakeholders, Ed agencies, policymakers and foundations.

Lupita holds a BA in Political Science from the UC, San Diego, and a MEd from Harvard University School of Education.