Mill Valley to Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman as Superintendent on July 1, 2023
The Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Kaufman has been selected as the new superintendent of schools. The Board voted unanimously to approve Dr. Kaufman’s appointment at the May 24th board meeting. Dr. Kaufman will officially begin her position on July 1, 2023.
Dr. Kaufman brings to the role of superintendent varied and deep leadership experience. She earned her Doctorate in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Dominican University, and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Reed College. She currently wears two hats, serving as both Acting Superintendent and Associate Superintendent for Educational Services in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. She has also served as a high school superintendent and principal at all TK-12 levels, including the principal of a dual immersion school. Significant to the Mill Valley community, Dr. Kaufman has been a special education and gifted program director, an elementary teacher, and Dr. Kaufman comes with Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services experience in the Tamalpais Union High School District.
Dr. Kaufman speaks fluent Spanish and has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion work through participation with organizations such as the National Equity Project, Epoch Education, USC’s Urban Superintendent’s Academy, and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Center for Advanced Educational Leadership. In addition to these credentials, Dr. Kaufman possesses a certification in school business management and has engaged communities in successful parcel tax and general obligation bond measures.
Dr. Kaufman notes that her mother attended Archie Williams High School (then Drake High School) years ago and shared her awe of the Mill Valley community both in its natural beauty and its deep support of its children. She says, “I am humbled to return to serve Mill Valley children and families at this important time. I am excited to partner with the Mill Valley Board, staff, parents, students, and the community to continue the tradition of educational excellence in the district. It is important to me to be part of this community. I welcome invitations to become involved!“