L. Karen Monroe
CCEE Governing Board Member
Appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
L. Karen Monroe is Alameda County’s Superintendent of Schools, elected by the voters to lead the educational programs, services and initiatives at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).
Since taking office in January 2015, Superintendent Monroe has worked to position the ACOE as a model of social justice in action. She is leading the ACOE through a time of tremendous change in public education, including broad shifts in funding, standards, testing and accountability. Karen’s vision for the agency includes a commitment to equip the most vulnerable students and those who serve them with the tools to successfully make their way through our public schools from enrollment to graduation.
Her extensive experience as an educator and leader includes serving as: a legislative intern to the Honorable Shirley Chisholm; the Bay Area liaison for A Better Chance; a founder of the nonprofit Educational Technology Training Institute; a teacher, School Improvement Grant Coordinator, and award-winning principal in Oakland schools; Director of Academics for Seneca Center; and Associate Superintendent of Education for Alameda County before taking office as Superintendent of Schools.
Superintendent Monroe holds a degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a teaching credential from Holy Names University and an administrative credential and degree in Urban Education from the national New Leaders educational leadership program. She resides in Oakland and has two adult children.