The 2016 AIA|LA CITY LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES serves as an opportunity for architects & designers and other community stakeholders to meet directly with key individuals transforming Los Angeles in a roundtable setting to discuss innovative ideas that will ensure a healthy, sustainable and economically competitive future.
Michelle King is the superintendent of schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation. She is responsible for creating policy and making recommendations to the members of the Los Angeles Board of Education, 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 of science 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 the non-profit organization Women On Target, an advocacy group supporting leaders in Southern California’s African-American community.