With a career in education that spans over thirty-five years, Carlos A. Garcia has built a strong track record for boosting student achievement and narrowing the achievement gap through his work as a teacher, principal, central office administrator and leader in classroom instruction.
In 2007, Mr. Garcia began his tenure as Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Under his leadership, the district has seen consistent improvement in achievement for all students, including increased academic gains for Latino and African American students. He has also led the way for district policies aimed at graduating all SFUSD students with bilingual skills and the credits required for admission to California’s university system. Before joining SFUSD, Mr. Garcia was Vice President of Urban Advisory Resources for McGraw-Hill Education, an educational materials publishing company. Previously, he led several large urban school districts, including the Fresno Unified School District (Fresno, CA) and the Clark County School District (Clark County Nevada), which was the fifth largest and fastest growing school district in the nation during Mr. Garcia’s tenure, averaging one new school opening per month. Before being a superintendent, Mr. Garcia taught at Rowland Unified School District (La Puente, CA) and Chaffey Joint Union High School District (Ontario, CA) before going on to serve as a principal for schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (Watsonville, CA) and SFUSD’s Horace Mann Middle School. During his time at Mann (1988-91), student achievement significantly improved, and the school was designated a California Distinguished school.
Mr. Garcia received his B.A. from Claremont Men’s College with a major in political science in 1974 and a M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate School in 1976. In 1979, he completed requirements for his administrative credentials at California State University at Fullerton. Mr. Garcia and his wife Gail have two grown children.