Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.


County Superintendent of Schools

Debra Duardo, M.S.W, Ed.D., was appointed Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools by the Board of Supervisors effective May 15, designating her as the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county.

Previously executive director of Student Health and Human Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Duardo now serves as the chief executive officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and as secretary of the County Board of Education. In this post, Dr. Duardo provides leadership and support to the superintendents and other top administrators of the county’s 80 K-12 school districts.

She has more than 20 years of professional experience working with at-risk students and their families. Her unique life experience as a high school dropout able to overcome obstacles and rise to the position of executive director drives her passion to ensure that all students receive an education in a safe, caring environment and that every student is college-prepared and career ready.

As LAUSD’s executive director of Student Health and Human Services, she was responsible for the administrative oversight of support services and district programs including Student Medical Services, School Nursing, School Mental Health, Pupil Services, Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Health Education, Community Partners and Medi-Cal programs.

She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she also serves as a City Commissioner on the Commission for Community and Family Services.

Executive Cabinet

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  • Joseph
    Joseph Ybarra, Ph.D.
    Executive Deputy Superintendent

    Joseph Ybarra, Ph.D., Executive Deputy Superintendent

    Joseph Ybarra joined LACOE in Aug. 2010 as assistant superintendent of Human Resource Services, and was promoted to the post of deputy superintendent in Sept. 2011. His wide-ranging professional experience includes six years as Little Lake City SD's assistant superintendent of Personnel Services, and an earlier assignment as director of Human Resources for Newport-Mesa USD in Orange County. Previously he was a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Norwalk-La Mirada USD. Dr. Ybarra holds a doctorate in urban educational administration from Claremont Graduate University, a master’s in educational administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a bachelor’s from California State University, Fullerton.
  • Vibiana
    Vibiana M. Andrade
    General Counsel

    Vibiana M. Andrade, General Counsel

    Vibiana M. Andrade previously served as a Los Angeles deputy city attorney. Prior to that, she was with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, serving as the attorney in charge of legal programs, public policy and community outreach. She also has worked as a lawyer for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Andrade holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
  • Dayton
    Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D.
    Chief Academic Officer

    Dayton Gilleland, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Dayton Gilleland served five years as superintendent of Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, California. Previously, he served as assistant superintendent for the San Bernardino City USD. Earlier in his career, he was a High School Education director for Fontana USD and also served as a school principal, Adult Education Program administrator, assistant principal, guidance counselor and teacher. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, his master’s degree in Education from University of Redlands and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of La Verne.

  • Frank
    Frank Kwan
    Communications Director

    Frank Kwan, Communications Director

    Frank Kwan is a veteran communications professional. He was with NBC-Channel 4 in Los Angeles for 18 years before joining LACOE in 1993. He was an executive producer, director and on-air host for news and documentaries. He also held positions at KCOP-TV, KABC radio and KFWB radio.
  • Gregory
    Gregory Lindner
    Chief Technology

    Gregory Lindner, Chief Technology

    Gregory Lindner joined LACOE in January 2013 after serving as director of Technology Services for Elk Grove USD for 13 years. In that position, he managed a budget of $16 million and a staff of 55 who were responsible for programming, networking, technology integration and desktop support. He also previously held the positions of chief of the Information Systems Office, Education Technology and Information Management Division of the California Department of Education, and director of Information and Technology Services for Yolo County Superintendent of Schools in Woodland, Calif.
  • Darren
    Darren McDuffie, Ed.D.
    Chief Human
    Resources Officer

    Darren McDuffie, Ed.D., Chief Human
    Resources Officer

    Darren McDuffie joined LACOE in January 2012, after having served two years as the executive director of personnel for the Capistrano USD in Orange County. Previously, Dr. McDuffie served as an assistant principal and principal for the Escondido Union High SD. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was an elementary and middle school teacher for seven years in the Garden Grove and Menifee Valley school districts. He joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He acquired his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College, his master’s degree from Central Michigan University and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
  • Scott
    Scott Pilch
    Executive Director, Classified Human Resources

    Scott Pilch, Executive Director, Classified Human Resources

    Scott Pilch began working as the Executive Director, Classified Human Resources for the Los Angeles County Office of Education in October 2015.

    Prior to LACOE, Mr. Pilch served as the Personnel Director for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District for eight years, as well as seven years in various technical human resources positions for LAUSD. He received a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Scott
    Scott Price, Ph.D.
    Chief Financial Officer

    Scott Price, Ph.D., Chief Financial Officer

    Scott Price joined LACOE in September, 2014 as Chief Financial Officer.

    He brings to LACOE more than 20 years of experience in education. Before joining LACOE, he served as chief business officer of the South Pasadena Unified School District for four-and-a-half years and as administrator of Business Services at the Glendale Unified School District for more than six years. He was director of Technology for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District for seven years and previously worked for LACOE in the Technology for Learning Division (now ITO). He started his career in education as a high school Spanish teacher. Dr. Price holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of Southern California.

  • Maricela
    Maricela Ramirez
    Chief Educational
    Programs Officer

    Maricela Ramirez, Chief Educational
    Programs Officer

    Maricela Ramirez joined LACOE in November, 2016 after serving as Instructional Director for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District-East for more than a year. Previously, she served as a principal at Belvedere Middle School and helped open the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, a pilot school at Esteban E. Torres High School, as its founding principal. She began her career as a teacher at Roosevelt High School, where she had also served in multiple leadership roles for 15 years. She received her M.A. in Education from Stanford University, M.A. in Educational Administration from UCLA and B.A. in Sociology from Yale University.