Our Children, Our Families Council Members


Dr. Elizabeth Blanco 

Chief of Special Education Services 

San Francisco Union School District


Dr. Elizabeth Blanco, Chief of Special Education Services of the San Francisco Union School District, provides leadership and oversight of the redesign of Special Education Services (infant, preschool, K-12 and adult), including cross-departmental planning, negotiated agreements, parent and community advisory committees, and board relations. Dr. Blanco is a key leader of the superintendent’s cabinet and deputy superintendent’s Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice (IISJ) team, leading systemic change for the district to increase equity, access and student achievement for all students. Dr. Blanco is responsible for administering all special education services, establishing collaborative relationships with parents, and directing strategic planning efforts for the division.

Dr. Blanco holds doctorate in education in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She also has Master of Arts degrees in Educational Administration and in Special Education from California State University, Los Angeles as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Blanco was named Special Educator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators, and has served as a mentor for aspiring administrators participating in the mentoring program of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.

Dr. Blanco has raised six children and currently has 12 grandchildren attending California public schools.

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