Lesley Taylor, California Department of Education

Lesley Taylor is the education administrator for the California Department of Education’s Operations and Administration Branch. In this role, she supports the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction by providing leadership and guidance in policy development, staff direction, and internal and external representation of CDE. Lesley also leads CDE’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity Team. She served as the program lead for state and federal Green Ribbon Schools recognition programs from 2012 through 2018, earning the 2014 US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award for her work to advance green schools across California. Prior to joining  CDE, Lesley specialized in school site selection, design, and development, including environmental impact analysis. Lesley is a Green Classroom Professional and holds BS degrees in Government and Spanish, and an MS in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University.