Director, CEPAL / Interim Director, MTLC
Scott Himelstein is the former Deputy Secretary of Education and later Acting Secretary of Education for the State of California. In that capacity he served as chief policy advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger on K-12 and higher education. In 2008, Himelstein was appointed by the Governor to the California Community College Board of Governors where he served as its’ President from 2011 to 2013. Prior to his appointments, he served as Chairman and CEO of the National Even Start Association, President of the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children, and Chairman and CEO of San Diego Reads. Currently, he is the Director of the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) and Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). He is also an instructor of Law and Politics of Education Policy Development in the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Himelstein currently serves on the Union Tribune education panel. His expertise encompasses the financial, political, and workforce dimensions of educational policy development.