José L. Banda
José L. Banda leads Washington state’s largest K-12 school district, with 8,000 employees and more than 51,000 students.
Since Mr. Banda became Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools in July 2012, he has focused on bringing equity, access and opportunities to every student in the District.
Under his leadership, the District created a new five-year strategic plan called “Every Student. Every Classroom. Every Day.” The plan was created with extensive community engagement, including a 70-person task force.
During his first year as Superintendent, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved an operations levy and a capital levy – totaling more than $1 billion - to help build and remodel schools to meet the continued growth of the District.
In addition, Mr. Banda has focused on creating strong community partnerships with families, nonprofits and the business community.
Before coming to Seattle, Mr. Banda spent the previous four years as Superintendent of the 20,000-student Anaheim City School District.
During this time, the District saw increased student achievement for all students, including English Language Learners. In addition, the District narrowed the achievement gap and 19 of 24 schools met their school-wide Academic Performance Index (API).
Under Mr. Banda’s direction, the District created a focused approach to instruction, assessment and interventions, while at the same time maintained fiscal solvency during one of the worst economic crises in the state’s history.
Mr. Banda also developed strong relationships with the business community, city government and service organizations, as evidenced by an innovative math partnership with the MIND Institute and the successful passage of a $170 million construction bond in 2010.
Mr. Banda spent 13 years as a secondary administrator, including eight years as a high school principal before becoming the Superintendent of the Planada School District from 2002-2005.
Before Anaheim, Mr. Banda was the Deputy Superintendent at Oceanside Unified School District. He has also served as a high school counselor, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and board member for Salida Union School District. He brings over 30 years of experience in the field of education.
Mr. Banda is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University in Bakersfield and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Chapman University.