King County Co-Chair
Dr. Keisha Scarlett, Assistant Superintendent of Academics
Seattle Public Schools
Dr. Keisha Scarlett is Chief Academic Officer for Seattle Public Schools and formerly served as Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement. Keisha’s vast educational leadership experiences range from her early career in the STEM field at The Boeing Company to middle school teacher, principal, and numerous central office leadership positions in Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Scarlett has dedicated her career to advocate for both academic opportunities and environments which tap into the inherent brilliance of students, particularly students furthest from educational justice. In 2014, Keisha Scarlett was named Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year. She was recipient of University Council for Educational Administrator (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2013.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Scarlett has innovated, developed and led numerous districtwide racial equity initiatives for Seattle Public Schools impacting students, staff, and family leadership. Dr. Keisha Scarlett recently served on a committee for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and co-authored their report Reopening K-12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prioritizing Health, Equity, and Communities released July 2020. She was recently invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to support their work to formalize and endorse a set of concrete recommendations that support the safe reopening of K-12 schools across the county for the new Biden-Harris administration.
As of May, 2022