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Dr. Elizabeth Blanco, Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District

Dr. Elizabeth J. Blanco was appointed Interim Superintendent on July 1, 2023. She has served PUSD for a total of nine years, most recently as Deputy Superintendent.

An accomplished executive and servant leader with more than 30 years of experience in public education, Dr. Blanco is passionate about creating dynamic learning environments that are engaging and inclusive of all learners.

Dr. Blanco has served as Deputy Superintendent, the District’s second-highest role, since 2022; as Chief Academic Officer from 2018-2021; and Chief of Specialized Instructional Services from 2017-2018. She was previously the District’s Executive Director of SELPA, Special Education and Early Childhood from 2009-2012. Dr. Blanco was Chief of Special Education Services and the Division of Instruction, Innovation, and Social Justice in the San Francisco Unified School District from 2012- 2017. She began her career in education as a classroom teacher in the Rowland Unified School District.

Dr. Blanco holds a Doctor of Education in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, two Master of Arts degrees in Educational Administration and Special Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles.

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