Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Candidate for Governor of California, 2018,
Delaine Eastin earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s degree in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara. Delaine was elected to the State Assembly in 1986 where she chaired the Assembly Education Committee and sponsored major legislation to reform California’s education system. In 1995, Eastin was elected to serve the first of her two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. The only woman to ever hold this office, Eastin supported many groundbreaking initiatives, including serving as a champion for public libraries, wiring schools for technology, and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She advocated tirelessly to create statewide standards and systems of accountability, ensure reduced class sizes in grades K-3, increase parental involvement and teacher training, and create overall safe and healthy school environments for every child. Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College, where she directed the Center for Civic Engagement and Women’s Leadership. She now does speaking and consulting, and recently launched her campaign to serve as California’s next Governor.