FAEAC is honored to have Delaine Eastin, former California Assembly member and State Superintendent of Instruction, as the Saturday morning Keynote Speaker
Delaine Andree Eastin (born August 20, 1947) has held positions as a California State Assemblymember, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, professor, and businesswoman. She was the first woman (and only, to date) to be elected as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Eastin was born in San Diego, California, where her father served in the U.S. Navy. After her father completed his career in the Navy, the family moved to San Francisco where her mother had been born and raised. A native Californian, Eastin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and her master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Eastin served four terms in the State Assembly, representing parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. She chaired the Assembly Education Committee, where she authored and shaped legislation to reform California’s public schools in order to make the state economically competitive. Her legislation included bills creating charter schools, promoting parental involvement, and enhancing school safety. Eastin championed Universal Preschool, increased financial accountability of school districts, improved nutrition in schools, foster safer and more welcoming school environments for LGBT students, and wrote the Deaf Education Bill of Rights. She also served as a Regent of the University of California and a Trustee of the California State University system,
After leaving office as State Superintendent, Eastin became the first Executive Director of the National Institute of Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Eastin returned to California to teach at Mills College as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education, where Eastin taught courses in Public Policy, Education Administrative Theory, Education Leadership, and Politics. She has been a speaker and board member on issues of education policy, nutrition, and electing women to public office. Eastin continues her board work on the UC Center Sacramento Advisory Board, the Chancellor’s Women in STEM board at UC Davis, the Edible Schoolyard Advisory Board, Educate Our State (Chair), the Center for Nutrition Education Advisory Board at UC Davis (Chair), and the Yolo County Board for Court Appointed Student Advocates (CASA).