Dr. Monica Goldson was the CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland from 2019 to 2023. The district has approximately 131,000 students in 198 schools. Under her leadership, PGCPS saw higher passing rates on Advanced Placement exams and received national recognition from The College Board. Goldson expanded the district’s premier Science and Technology specialty program to all eighth-grade students; increased the number of students participating in career and technical education; created opportunities for young people to earn free college credit while still in high school; and forged new partnerships with community organizations.

A product of PGCPS, Goldson spent her entire 32-year career with the district. Before becoming CEO, she was deputy superintendent of teaching and learning. In that role, she supported schools in the areas of curriculum and instruction; special education; testing; college and career readiness; and student services. Goldson was also chief operating officer; associate superintendent for high schools; principal; assistant principal; mathematics instructional specialist; and math teacher.

In June 2023, Governor Wes Moore appointed Goldson to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education. She is also on the board of directors for Nonprofit Prince George’s and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. Goldson was named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019.

A three-time graduate of historically Black colleges and universities, Goldson holds a doctorate in educational administration and policy from Howard University, a master’s in elementary and secondary school administration from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Florida A&M University. She served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, Howard University, and Morgan State University.