Superintendent, Edmonds School DistrictWashington
Dr. Gustavo Balderas is superintendent of Edmonds School District in Edmonds, Washington. Prior to Edmonds, he was superintendent of Eugene School District in Oregon and Ocean View School District and Madera Unified School District in California. In every system where he has worked, Balderas has closed achievement and opportunity gaps for all students by using data to inform decision making and improve outcomes. He has worked to give students equitable access to excellent teachers and high-quality learning opportunities, to improve school disciplinary practices, and to recruit and retain diverse educators.
As a child of migrant farm workers in Eastern Oregon, Balderas developed a love of learning, which led to his career in education. He started as a high school teacher and counselor before moving on to serve in administrative roles in elementary and middle schools. Balderas later advanced to become an area director and then assistant superintendent of support services.
He currently serves on various boards in Washington state including the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club Board and the Edmonds Teachers of Color Foundation Board. Balderas is treasurer of Northwest Regional Representatives and is president-elect for the national Association of Latino Administrators Superintendents. He also serves as a volunteer consulting superintendent for the Educational Research and Development Institute and Suburban School Superintendents.
Before his work in Washington, Balderas was a founding member and past president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators. He also served on the Oregon State Board of Education as an advisor and was a member of numerous boards throughout Oregon, including the Oregon State Activities Association and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators Equity Committee. Balderas was named the Oregon Distinguished Latinx Educator of the Year, Oregon Superintendent of the Year, and AASA National Superintendent of the Year.