Michelle King is the superintendent of schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation. She is responsible for creating policy, making recommendations to the members of the Los Angeles Board of Education and creating the conditions for success for all students and staff.
Ms. King is a proud product of L.A. Unified, having attended Century Park and Windsor Hills Elementary Schools, Palms Junior High School and Palisades High School. She has dedicated her 30-year career to the students of L.A. Unified, having worked as a teacher, coordinator, assistant principal, principal, chief administrator of secondary instruction, local district superintendent, chief of staff to the superintendent, senior deputy superintendent and chief deputy superintendent.
As a veteran educator, instruction is Ms. King's strength. She is committed to ensuring that all students have access to the tools they need to prepare for college and career opportunities. She has led district-wide reforms to increase graduation rates, particularly among traditionally under-represented populations. She has also been a champion of programs such as Restorative Justice, aimed at keeping students in school and improving citizenship.
Ms. King holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in administration from Pepperdine University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the University of Southern California. In January 2016, she was named "Woman of the Year" by Women On Target, a nonprofit advocacy group supporting leaders in Southern California's African-American community. In March 2016, she was honored as "Woman of the Year" by California Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Ms. King was invited to speak at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology commencement ceremony on May 21, 2016 where she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her unwavering commitment to youth, families and communities in Southern California.