Anne E. Campbell
County Superintendent of Schools
Anne Campbell was first elected to serve as San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2014. As County Superintendent, one of her primary responsibilities is ensuring the financial and academic stability of the county’s 23 school districts which serve nearly 94,000 students.
Prior to her role as County Superintendent, Ms. Campbell was Superintendent of the Portola Valley School District between 2003 and 2010 and Superintendent of the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District between 1997 and 2003. She has also served as a middle school principal, counselor, and teacher.
Superintendent Campbell’s priorities include closing the Achievement Gap, expanding access to quality early care and education, and creating 21st century schools for 21st century students. Initiatives currently underway to achieve these priorities include implementation of the Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment, the Big Lift, a county-wide push to increase third grade reading proficiency through access to quality preschool, and assisting districts in their transition to 21st century learning environments, including ensuring that students and teachers have the technology they need to target instruction to address individual student needs.
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Board/Superintendent Support and Community Relations
Mr. Chávez is the Administrator for Board/Superintendent Support and Community Relations for the San Mateo County Office of Education. He joined SMCOE as a member of the Networks for Success (N4S) team in 2011 and became the N4S Director in 2013. Through his N4S work, Mr. Chávez has forged productive partnerships with many of our school districts and has helped them make impressive progress in improving student achievement.
Previously, Mr. Chávez served the Ravenswood City School District as Principal and as Director of Categorical/Multilingual Services. He has also served as an Elementary Teacher in the San Jose Unified School District and as a Professor of English at the University of Colima in Mexico.
Mr. Chávez holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State and a Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. He enjoys traveling, Mexican Folklórico Dance, and spending time with family and friends.
Claire Cunningham has 12 years of legal experience. After graduating cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Ms. Cunningham attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she served as a senior editor of the Hastings Law Journal and won the Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court competition. While at Hastings, Ms. Cunningham externed for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Cunningham joined a litigation firm, Morgenstein & Jubelirer LLP, where she focused on employment and intellectual property litigation.
Ms. Cunningham joined the County Counsel’s Office in 2007. Since then, she has represented many school districts in both general education and special education matters. Ms. Cunningham is the Lead Deputy County Counsel in the area of education and she is specifically assigned to the County Office of Education as in-house counsel.
Personnel Commission Services
Franklin Felizardo joined SMCOE’s leadership team in 2015 having previously served as an employee relations manager in Oregon. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Felizardo was employed as the Senior Human Resources Analyst with the City of Salem, Oregon. Mr. Felizardo earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and has a master’s degree from Willamette University. Mr. Felizardo possesses certified professional credentials from the International Public Management Association.
Currently, Mr. Felizardo is serving as the Treasurer of the School Personnel Commissioners Association of Northern California (SPCA-NC).
Mr. Felizardo is a Bay Area native and enjoys spending time with immediate family in the area. As one of 16 first cousins, every weekend becomes a family outing, whether it’s ice skating, watching local professional sports, having picnics or barbecues, completing walks for a cause, or going on short day trips. Mr. Felizardo particularly enjoys watching sports, hiking, bicycling, and going to country music concerts.
Administrator, Strategy and Communications
Patricia Love joined the San Mateo County Office of Education as its first Administrator for Strategy and Communications in August 2017.
Patricia served in a variety of public policy, communications, and education roles prior to joining the SMCOE. She taught at Notre Dame de Namur University, the University of Minnesota, and in adult literacy and ESL programs. She developed and managed economic development, communications, and civic engagement programs for the City of Burlingame and has worked with non-profit organizations on developing and expanding their Bay Area programs. She received a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.
Student Services Division
Nancy Magee brings 34 years of education experience to her role as Associate Superintendent, Student Services. Nancy joined the County Office of Education in 2010 as School Library Services Coordinator, and in 2011 became Administrator for Board Support and Community Relations in the Office of the Superintendent.
Nancy was promoted to Associate Superintendent in 2015 and provides leadership for Student Services including Court and Community schools, Special Education, foster youth, Career Technical Education, safe and supportive schools, attendance, student wellness, and Special Olympics.
Nancy’s career roles include high school English and AVID teacher and coordinator, head water polo and swim coach, high school librarian, adult school and district office administrator, and federal grant director coordinating emergency response across school districts and local agencies. Nancy earned a B.A. in English from San Diego State and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University.
Nancy is an expert in school safety and currently chairs San Mateo County’s Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities Steering Committee. She is a fan of live music, water sports, and the great outdoors which she enjoys with her two sons, family and friends.
Associate Superintendent, Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development, Induction and Retention
Business Services Division
Deputy Superintendent Porterfield joined SMCOE’s leadership team in 2010 having previously served as the Chief Business Official for the Antioch Unified School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College. Ms. Porterfield received her school business certification through CASBO’s Chief Business Official program and participated in their CBO Mentor Project.
Currently, Deputy Superintendent Porterfield serves on the San Mateo County Treasury Oversight Committee and is a member of the Business and Administration Steering Committee (BASC) for CCSESA, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.
She enjoys time with family, gardening and reading, particularly historical fiction.
Gary Waddell, Ed.D.
Instructional Services Division
Gary Waddell, Ed.D.
Dr. Gary Waddell is the Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services. He formerly served as Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services and Curriculum Services Administrator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Gary has previously served as Principal or Counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both California and North Carolina and has been an adjunct professor of educational leadership at the graduate level. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, as well as Educational Specialist, Masters of Arts in Education, and Bachelors of Arts degrees. He is the immediate past Chair of the California Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).
Gary has been recognized as the recipient of a number of awards in the areas of leadership and human rights and is a former North Carolina State Counselor of the Year. He has also been awarded the NCSCA Human Rights Award, the statewide Outstanding New Professional award, and the Jack McCall Award from the Center for School Leadership Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has researched and published on topics such as equity/student voice, professional learning communities, and collaborative schools and classrooms.
Superintendent's Office Staff
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Executive Assistant to the Board