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  • Don served as Superintendent of San José Unified School District, the South Bay’s largest school district with more than 32,000 students K-12. The district is culturally diverse with students speaking 85 languages and more than one-third designated as low income.
  • Previously, Don served as an elementary and secondary teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
  • Don was the State President of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), representing over 16,000 members statewide.
  • He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Southern California.
  • Don was awarded the prestigious statewide Marcus Foster Award for Administrative Excellence from the Association of California School Administrators.
  • He also received the California Latino School Administrators’ Distinguished Service Award.
  • During his tenure as Superintendent, San José Unified was recognized by the Editorial Projects in Washington D.C. for having the second highest graduation rate in the nation for urban school districts among the nation’s 50 largest cities. Graduation rate for seniors was 93%.
  • Don served as the Chair of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and as the Conference Chair for the California Superintendents’ Symposium. He was also President of the California City Superintendents’ organization.
  • San José Magazine recognized Don as a member of the Power 100, the most influential people in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
  • Don is married and has one daughter.