Superintendent Recruitment and Search Process


Why are we recruiting a new superintendent? 

Superintendent Cindy Marten has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Upon the resignation of Ms. Marten, Dr. Lamont Jackson has been appointed as Interim Superintendent through Dec. 31, 2021. The district will conduct a search process for a permanent Superintendent beginning in spring 2021. 


What is the process to recruit a new superintendent? 

On Feb 2, 2021, the Board of Education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process. The adopted plan is available at (Item E.1. on the February 2, 2021 Agenda).

Will families, students and community stakeholders have an opportunity to engage in the recruitment and selection process?

Yes. The approved Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process includes a plan for engagement, allowing for multiple town halls, community meetings and other opportunities for the public to actively participate in the selection process. The adopted plan is available at (Item E.1. on the Feb. 2, 2021 Agenda).


Who is on the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee?

An Advisory Committee, reflecting the diversity of our students and the San Diego Community, will guide the process. Advisory Committee representatives include:



Designated Representative

Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD)

Dr. Jolie Pickett

Alliance San Diego

Chris Wilson

Asian Pacific Islander Initiative

JoAnn Fields

Associated Student Body (ASB)

Isolina Delgado

Association of African American Educators (AAAE)

Tamara Muhammad 

Black Student Union Coalition

Arsema Aklog

California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)

Ricardo Soto

California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Sabrina Hahnlein

Chavista Youth Congress/Cesar Chavez Service Club

Joel Castro

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education

Scott Soady

District Advisory Council (DAC) on Compensatory Education

Dr. Crystal Trull

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

Lallia Allali 

Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee

Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Guertson

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Parents

Janis Tan

Latino Advisory Committee

Nancy Maldonado

Music in the Schools

Ann Marie Haney

My School Votes San Diego

Elea Castiglione

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Holly Wright

San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council

Carol Kim

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD)

Dr. Ricky Shabazz

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Nathan Fletcher

San Diego Educators Association (SDEA)

Kisha Borden

San Diego Mayor’s Office

Nick Serrano

San Diego Schools Police Officers Association (POA)

Tom Gray

San Diego State University (SDSU)

Dr. Mary Taylor

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Peter Callstrom 

Student Advisory Board

Lillian Franqui

Student Wellness Education & Resources Committee

Kate Chasin

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Dr. Ed Abeyta

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Foundation

Doreen Schonbrun


Representatives from each Trustee’s Subdistrict:

Trustee / Subdistrict

Representative 1

Representative 2

Representative 3

Bazzo / A

Dr. John Lee Evans 

Laurie Hinzman

Theresa Suarez 

Beiser / B

Michael Stewart

Shana Hazan

Lisa Morris

McQuary / C

Ernie Remillard

Michael Goodbody 

Mahogany Taylor

Barrera / D

David Alvarez

Linda LeGerrette

Claire Crawford 

Whitehurst-Payne / E

Dan Nyamangah 

Charles Alexander

Kea Hagan 

Patterson / Student

Jacqueline Deanda 

Sophia Maristela 

Sydney Boerner



Who is leading the recruitment and selection process? 


Along with the Board of Education, the selection process shall be supported by an organization tasked with leading town halls, listening sessions and community engagement meetings. A Request for Proposals has been issued and can be viewed and downloaded by visiting PlanetBids, the e-bidding software the District has adopted for all competitive bidding. 


All proposals are required to be submitted through this portal no later than April 22, 2021, at 1:00 pm.


The proposals will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee that will make the recommendation to the board for the award of contract to the organization that will lead town halls, listening sessions and community engagement meetings.


How long will the recruitment and selection process take?

The Board of Education built a timeline, which includes ample time for community engagement, review of applicants, and interviews. 

Feb. 2, 2021: The board of education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process.

Feb. 23, 2021: The board approved the initial representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 9, 2021: The board approved additional representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 18, 2021: The district opened the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) solicitation from interested organizations. Applications are available at and are due by April 22, 2021, at 1:00 pm.

March 23, 2021: The Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Officer presented information to the board and public on the district’s RFP and contracting process. The presentation is available at$file/RFP%20Process%20Presentation%20.pdf.

April 22, 2021, 1:00 pm: Request for Proposals closes.

May 5 - 12, 2021: The Advisory Committee will conduct interviews of the responsive bidders and make a recommendation to the board for contract award. 

Late Spring and early Summer 2021: The selected organization will lead town hall meetings that will lead to the creation of a vision for the future of the district, and the identification of the qualities of a Superintendent to lead that vision. The Advisory Committee will use the information gathered during the town halls, listening sessions and community engagement meetings to develop the job posting.

July 2021: The position of superintendent will be posted by the end of July 2021.  The recruitment will open to qualified candidates.

September 2021: The Advisory Committee will screen the candidate application packages and will recommend up to ten (10) candidates to be interviewed by the Board.

October 2021: The Board will select up to three (3) final candidates. 


November 2021: Community forums will be held in early November 2021 for the public to meet the finalists and provide feedback.


December 2021: A permanent superintendent will be selected by the beginning of December 2021 to allow for a month-long transition into the position.


If I have questions regarding the recruitment and selection process or just have a comment, who can I contact? 

Comments or questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to