OCOF Council Members: San Francisco Unified School District

 
 
  Landon Dickey  Special Assistant to the Superintendent for the African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative

Landon Dickey
Special Assistant to the Superintendent for the African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative

As Special Assistant to the Superintendent for the African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative (AAALI), Landon aides San Francisco Unified School District staff with implementing the goals of the district’s AAALI Plan and works with city and community partners to implement President Obama’s initiative, My Brother and Sister’s Keeper: a program strives to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success.

Prior to joining SFUSD, he served as an advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and as the Interim Education Advisor to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In these roles, Dickey advised the mayors on issues including standardized testing policy, education technology, school facilities management, and high school reform.

Mr. Dickey has a Master of Science in Education from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Government from Harvard University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was also co-president of the Harbus Foundation, the only MBA-led foundation in the country.

 
 

 
 

Melissa serves as the Chief Technology Officer for SFUSD. Ms. Dodd is charged with leading the district's technology vision and digital district plan, Building a Digital District, which articulates the district’s strategy to transform learning with technology, infusing technology into teaching, learning, and operations to realize the goals of Vision 2025 and the SFUSD graduate profile for college and career readiness in the 21st century.

Prior to joining SFUSD, Melissa worked in the Boston Public Schools for more than eleven years, serving as Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer. She sat on the Massachusetts Board of Education Digital Learning Advisory Council and plays an active role with the Council of Great City Schools, most notably in the development of IT Key Performance Indicators now used by the largest 66 school districts in the country.

Ms. Dodd has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

  Melissa Dodd  Chief Technology Officer

Melissa Dodd
Chief Technology Officer

 
 

 
 
  Guadalupe Guerrero  Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation, & Social Justice

Guadalupe Guerrero
Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation, & Social Justice

Guadalupe is the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice (IISJ) for the San Francisco Unified School District. His responsibilities include developing and implementing reform strategies to close student achievement gaps and guiding central offices to better support school-site-level improvement efforts. Since 2012, he has led a team of senior district leaders and assistant superintendents responsible for key divisions and departments within the school district: Curriculum & Instruction; Student, Family and Community Support; Leadership, Equity, Achievement, and Design; Early Education; and Special Education.

Previously, Mr. Guerrero served as an assistant superintendent from 2010 to 2012. During this time, he launched the Superintendent’s Zone and provided leadership and supervision to K-12 schools in the Mission. He also co-authored a successful proposal for $45 million in federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) to transform a set of state-identified, “persistently low-performing” schools. Guadalupe brings over twenty years of experience in public education as a district leader, school principal and bilingual teacher. Mr. Guerrero holds a Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy and a second Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management both from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

 
 

 
 

Jill Hoogendyk is the Chief of Staff for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).  In SFUSD, she previously held the positions of Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Director of State and Federal Programs.  Prior to coming to SFUSD, she worked in the Hayward Unified School District as the Director of State and Federal Programs and as a site administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  She also taught elementary school in Hayward and middle school in Houston, Texas.  Ms. Hoogendyk has a Master’s in Education Administrator from Stanford University and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  Jill Hoogendy   Chief of Staff

Jill Hoogendy 
Chief of Staff

 
 

 
 
  Dr. Ritu Khanna   Chief of Research, Planning, & Assessment

Dr. Ritu Khanna 
Chief of Research, Planning, & Assessment

Ritu is San Francisco Unified School District's Chief of Research, Planning, and Assessment. The Research, Planning and Assessment Department is responsible for providing, analyzing and interpreting data, and for supporting data-driven decision making by school administrators and teachers for the improvement of teaching and learning throughout the district. She maintains a part-time position at the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute teaching research and statistics to students in Master’s and credential programs in education. 
Ms. Khanna holds a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, with a focus on statistics and measurement and has earned two master's degrees: one in Educational Psychology and another in Industrial Psychology.

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
  Orla O’Keeffe  Chief of Policy & Operations

Orla O’Keeffe
Chief of Policy & Operations

Orla O'Keeffe has been an SFUSD team member, an SFUSD parent, and a resident of San Francisco since 2001. During her tenure at SFUSD, Orla has served in multiple leadership roles and has helped develop policies and operationalize systems across a variety of student support domains, including student assignment, student transportation, wellness, student nutrition, and school portfolio planning.

In her current role as Chief of Policy and Operations, Orla leads a number of departments including the Educational Placement Center, Policy & Planning, Student Nutrition Services, and Transportation. She also co-sponsors the development and implementation of a variety of policies that support educators advance student learning, and she is a member of San Francisco’s Food Security Task Force. Orla is passionate about SFUSD's core value of standing with those most vulnerable in our community.

Prior to her work with SFUSD, Orla worked for the Chicago Public Schools for a couple of years. Before dedicating her career to public education, Orla worked in the private sector in Ireland, in Australia, and in Chicago where she also co-founded and managed a restaurant.

Orla has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Systems with a Minor in Business from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Born and raised in Ireland, she loves to travel and has visited 28 countries - and counting!

 
 

 
 

Jean Robertson was appointed chief of special education for the San Francisco Unified School District in February 2018. She has 24 years of experience advocating for students with disabilities and is expected to lead and oversee the effort to redesign the district’s special education programs and services.  

Ms. Robertson has worked at SFUSD for more than 20 years. She started as a resource specialist at James Lick Middle School in Noe Valley and was the dean of students at Luther Burbank Middle School in the Excelsior district. She served 11 years as the principal of Gratton Elementary School in Cole Valley and nearly six five years as principal at Glen Park Elementary School where she was honored with the Mayor’s Principal of the Year award.

A native of Pawtucket, R.I., Ms. Robertson has a Masters in Administration from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Education, K-12, Special Education from Rhode Island College.
 

  Jean Robertson  Chief of Special Education

Jean Robertson
Chief of Special Education

 
 

 
 
  Dr. Brent Stephens  Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Brent Stephens
Chief Academic Officer

As Chief Academic Officer for SFUSD, Brent leads the division of Curriculum & Instruction for the district, working in partnership with schools and other departments to support great learning and teaching. Prior to this role, he worked as an assistant superintendent with elementary schools in San Francisco and has been the principal in middle and K-8 schools in California and Massachusetts. A National Board Certified Teacher, Brent worked as a Spanish bilingual teacher in Oakland and Boston and began his career as a special education paraprofessional. Mr. Stephens holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has published on school reform with Harvard Education Press. 

 
 

 
 

Kevin currently serves as the Chief of the Student, Family & Community Support Department, where he directs and supervises the offices of School Health Programs, Pupil Services, Middle and High School Counseling, School Safety and Violence Prevention, Post-Secondary Success, City and CBO Partnerships, Family and Community Engagement, and Afterschool Programs and Athletics. He gained his expertise in school leadership as a principal in SFUSD at the elementary, middle and high school levels spanning eleven years, most notably as the principal of Mission High School from 2001 to 2008.

Mr. Truitt began his career in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in South Central Los Angeles for twelve years. He credits his teaching experience in L.A. as the driving force behind his passion for achieving equity in education and ensuring that all children are provided with the opportunities and support they need to achieve success.

  Kevin Truitt  Chief of Student, Family, & Community Support Services Department

Kevin Truitt
Chief of Student, Family, & Community Support Services Department

 
 

  Meenoo Yashar   Interim Chief of Early Education Department

Meenoo Yashar
Interim Chief of Early Education Department

Meenoo is the Interim Chief of San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Early Education Department and has continued to demonstrate leadership as the Executive Director of SFUSD’s early education Program, Quality, and Enhancement unit, where she supervises over 20 staff collaboratively working to improve kindergarten readiness and early school achievement. Over the past six years as a leader at SFUSD, she has led her devoted team; developed effective cross-departmental relationships; demonstrated steadfast commitment to and competencies in developing high quality early education programming; and provided key leadership to a department that is annually increasing kindergarten readiness results.

For over 25 years Ms. Yashar has gained indispensable experience in progressive educational management and directing her team to strive for equity in educational achievement within San Francisco’s urban district. Her career trajectory includes working as a preschool teacher, an AB 3632 mental health service assessor for students with IEPs, a social worker for Tenderloin pre-kindergarten  program at Compass Family, a site administrator at school for students with special needs, and the Director of professional development in Seattle Early Reading First & Early Learning Networks. Ms. Yashar’s experience as a teacher, therapist, evaluator, manager, director, and most recently, executive director, have all prepared her with authentic and well-rounded educational experiences that enables her to effectively lead the Early Education Department in her role as Interim Chief.