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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Educate Our State Board of Directors is committed to advocating for a great education for all the students of California.  

Delaine Eastin

Delaine Eastin

Chair (Davis)

Delaine Eastin is the former two-term California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the only woman to ever hold that position. She was elected Superintendent following eight years in the State Assembly and six years on the Union City City Council. Born in San Diego and raised in San Francisco and San Carlos, California, Delaine attended U.C. Davis, and U.C. Santa Barbara. As a state legislator, Eastin’s legislative accomplishments were varied, ranging from environmental issues to highway funding to education. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine served as a champion for wiring schools for technology and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She launched the Garden in Every School initiative, and was an architect of Net Day, where 20,000 volunteers wired California schools for modern technology. The volunteer ‘barn raising’ was copied in 40 states and 40 countries. She advocated for STEM and for a return of the arts to K-12 curriculum standards. While Superintendent, Delaine successfully sued the governor for withholding funds from K-12 schools. She used these funds to reduce class sizes in grades K-3. Delaine also joined the successful lawsuit against Proposition 187 and refused to allow teachers to be used as immigration agents, one of the key provisions of the proposition. Delaine was an early and strong supporter for LGBTQ rights. She launched the first LGBT Task Force to develop and implement practices to ensure a safe and supportive environment for LGBT students. As a UC Regent, she stood with the University of California leadership to ensure domestic partner benefits when the then Governor tried to reverse that right. After leaving elected office, Delaine became 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. Delaine resides in Davis, CA. An elementary school in Union City is named after her.  

Cushon Bell

Cushon Bell

Secretary (Pasadena)

As a student, a teacher, and now as a parent, Cushon has had a lifelong connection to California public schools. After 14 years of teaching, Cushon left the classroom to spend time with her children, but she didn’t leave the education field. In addition to membership in her school site council and PTA and founding her school’s African-American parent council, Cushon shifted her focus to parent engagement and advocacy through social networking and presentations at parent workshops. She has been recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Pasadena Education Network for her work as an advocate for all children. In 2011, Cushon was selected to represent the state of California at Parenting Magazine's Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. A wife and mother of three, Cushon is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Suzy Pak

Suzy Pak

Treasurer (Lafayette)

Suzy has a background of more than 19 years in asset management and is currently Client Service Manager for ClearBridge Investments, an equity manager of Legg Mason, Inc., with over $58 billion under management. She is a co-founder of Lafayette for Education, a group of concerned individuals whose focus is to identify, secure and support ongoing revenues for its school district. Suzy is an active community volunteer with service on the boards of the Junior League of San Francisco, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, and the Springhill Elementary Parent Faculty Club. Suzy is a product of California public schools and wants to make sure her two daughters have the opportunity as well. She joined the Lafayette School Board in December 2014. She has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Katherine Welch, Treasurer

Katherine Welch

Katherine is galvanized by the message and the approach of Educate Our State, and first joined the board in 2011. She served as Board Chair from 2013-2015. She served on the board of Gateway Public Schools in San Francisco from 2008-2014 and on the board of Head Royce School in Oakland. She has a diverse business background with experience in corporate finance, venture capital, non-profit education and general business management and operations. Katherine has been actively involved as a volunteer in the non-profit sector for over 20 years in many capacities. After a tireless effort to raise funds for her children’s public school district several years ago, she realized that, more than ever, systemic change in California’s public education system is the only solution for our children – and parents are the best messengers for that change. Katherine graduated with an MBA from Harvard University and a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.