Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell grew up attending schools in the Oakland Unified School District and has spent most of her 22-year career in the district. She currently serves as superintendent. Johnson-Trammell began her career as a teacher and teacher coach at Parker Elementary School. She next served as assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle School in the Mount Diablo Unified School District and spent two years in that position before returning to Oakland as principal of Sequoia Elementary School. From there, she advanced to administrator on special assignment. In this capacity, Johnson-Trammell was responsible for coaching 40 school leaders. She later took on positions as associate superintendent of leadership, curriculum and instruction; lead network superintendent; and interim deputy superintendent.

Johnson-Trammell has received a number of awards and honors, including Outstanding Principal of Alameda County by the Beta Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators. She also earned the Outstanding District Leadership Award.

She holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Pennsylvania; a teaching credential from California State University, Hayward; and an administrative credential and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Berkeley.