About Maria Casillas
Maria Casillas is the former Chief of School Family and Parent/Community Services for Los Angeles Unified School District. She previously spent twenty years as a teacher, principal and district superintendent for the LAUSD. She has also directed non-profits such as Families In Schools and community-based groups to advocate for parents’ rights as a partner with LAUSD. In addition, she served on the Los Angeles County Board of Education and taught at Cal State University Los Angeles. Ms. Casillas held the position of president of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP). In this position she led an effort to support school reform in 14 districts, including the LAUSD. She holds her master’s degree in Urban Education from Cal State Los Angeles, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and history from the University of Texas, El Paso.