Scott Himelstein

Director, CEPAL and MTLC

Scott Himelstein is the former Deputy Secretary of Education/Chief of Staff and later Acting Secretary of Education for the State of California. In that capacity he served as chief policy advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on K-12 and higher education. In 2008, Himelstein was appointed by the Governor to the California Community College Board of Governors which oversees 113 colleges, the largest system of higher education in the world. He served as its’ President from 2011 to 2013.

Established by a gift from the William D. Lynch Foundation, Himelstein is currently the Director of the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL). Established by a gift from Irwin and Joan Jacobs he is also the Director of the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). Mr. Himelstein is an instructor of Law and Politics of Education Policy Development in the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Prior to his appointments by Governor Schwarzenegger, 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.

Himelstein serves on the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts board and education committee. His expertise encompasses the financial, political, governance and workforce dimensions of educational policy development.