Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond has announced Lupita Cortez Alcalá as his pick for Chief Deputy Superintendent.
Cortez Alcalá is currently executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, administering over $2 billion in financial aid, and is a prominent voice in the statewide discussion on college affordability and reform of financial aid.
Cortez Alcalá will be the first Latina ever to hold the position of Chief Deputy Superintendent of the California Department of Education.
“Lupita Cortez Alcalá’s deep and comprehensive grasp of California education policy makes her the most qualified choice to serve as my Chief Deputy Superintendent,” said Superintendent-elect Thurmond. “I know that she will be a champion for every California student, working closely with me to improve public education at every level.”
Cortez Alcalá brings more than 12 years of experience with the California Department of Education and has worked closely with the State Board of Education. She also has served as the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
“As a daughter of immigrants and someone who learned English in California public schools, I am committed to serving California’s 6 million students and strengthening our public education system for every student,” said Cortez Alcalá.
Cortez Alcalá is a native of Tijuana, Mexico, and a former financial aid recipient, English learner, and first in her family to attend college. She holds a master’s degree in planning administration and social policy from the Harvard University School of Education.