Mary Ann Dewan, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County

Barbara Wilets

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan has served in education for more than 35 years and is currently the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. Her distinguished work in education reform and change leadership is grounded in her commitment to serving the community and underserved, vulnerable youth, and a mission that is centered around diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice. A strong advocate for the expansion of early learning services, mental health and education, she believes in providing each and every child with opportunities that promote high-quality, equitable and inclusive experiences. She is passionate about solving problems that threaten the wellbeing of youth and as such, has long advocated for solutions to food insecurity. She advocates for policies and investments that will help children and their families have access to nutritious food where they live and when they need it. She was a champion for universal school meals.

Mary Ann has served in a variety of leadership roles, which have led to several local and state recognitions, including the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Commendation in 2019, the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader Award, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President’s Medal for Exemplary Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, and the 2021 Region 8 ACSA Superintendent of the Year Award. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana State University.

Mary Ann lives in Santa Clara County with her husband, Leo. Together they enjoy travel and the outdoors, especially with their family. She joined the Second Harvest Board in 2022.

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