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Dr. Leslie Boozer

Dr. Leslie Boozer

Professor of Practice, University of San Diego, Former California Superintendent, Past President of the California City Schools Superintendents


Dr. Leslie Boozer is an educational leader with over twenty years experience in education and business. Currently working as a Professor of Practice at the University of San Diego and as an educational consultant, her work is anchored in her experience as an urban schools practitioner and researcher and focused on leading for equity and social justice. Dr. Boozer has served in various executive leadership positions in PK-12 public schools in California, Illinois and New York. As a former superintendent in California for six years, she is the Past President of the California City School Superintendents. Dr. Boozer also worked closely with organizational leaders in multiple appointments to national organizations, including the Co-Chair of the AASA Collaborative for Innovation and Transformational Leadership, Superintendent Advisory Council for the Center for Digital Leadership, and as an active member of the National Superintendents Roundtable.

Prior to entering C-level school district positions, Dr. Boozer also served as the Program Instructional Coordinator and Group Facilitator for the Harvard Institute for School Leadership, wherein she worked with teams of leaders from across the globe as they identified their problems of practice and defined an action plan for implementing change in their respective organizations. She is one of the authors and editors of the book, Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day: School Leaders Who Are Making Equity a Reality (2011), which was published by Jossey-Bass in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators and Education Week Press.

Dr. Boozer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and history/political science from Cumberland College, her Master of Education in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and a Doctorate in Education in the Urban Superintendents Program from Harvard University.