Superintendent's Office

Superintendent's Office

Nancy Magee
County Superintendent of Schools

Nancy Magee is the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools. Elected in 2018, Superintendent Magee brings more than 20 years of classroom experience and 11 years of district and county office of educational leadership experience to the role. Most recently, she served as the Associate Superintendent of Student Services at the San Mateo County Office of Education where she oversaw special education programs, Court and Community Schools, Career and Technical Education, and Safe and Supportive Schools.

Superintendent Magee began her career as a high school English and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher in San Diego County. She served as a high school librarian and school district administrator for student services before being tapped to oversee a federal Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant serving six school districts. Superintendent Magee’s experience in that role helped prepare her to create and lead the San Mateo County Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities. Under her leadership, the Coalition developed and implemented a set of emergency response protocols, a suicide prevention toolkit, and a student threat assessment protocol that are now the standard in San Mateo County.

Superintendent Magee holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University. She lives in Half Moon Bay and is the mother of two adult sons.

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools

The San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools oversees the San Mateo County Office of Education, reviews and approves the budget of every school district in the county, monitors school district compliance with state and federal laws, and reviews each district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. The Superintendent is responsible for the county’s Court and Community Schools and several special education programs serving students from birth through age 22. The Superintendent also provides support to 23 school districts in San Mateo County and serves as an advocate and champion for public education.



SMCOE Cabinet

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  • Claire Cunningham

    Claire Cunningham
    Legal Counsel

    Claire Cunningham

    After graduating cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a double major in Government and French Literature, Ms. Cunningham attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, she served as a senior editor of the Hastings Law Journal and won the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court competition. Ms. Cunningham externed for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Attorney General’s Office in the Appeals, Writs and Trials Division. Upon graduation from law school in 2003, Ms. Cunningham joined a litigation firm, Morgenstein & Jubelirer LLP, where she handled everything from employment and labor law to product liability, intellectual property, and insurance coverage matters. 

    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. In 2014, she was promoted to the position of Lead Deputy County Counsel for Education and in 2018, she was appointed Chief Deputy County Counsel.  Ms. Cunningham serves as general counsel to the County Board of Education and the County Superintendent of Schools. She also represents the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, oversees the County Counsel’s Office’s information-sharing work, and serves on the Employment Team.

  • Mefula Fairley

    Mefula Fairley
    Senior Administrator, Board/Superintendent Support and Community Relations

    Mefula Fairley

    Mefula has been with the County Office of Education for more than 10 years and has served as a Coordinator, the Director  of Compliance, Assessment, and Special Projects, and as the Administrator of Educational Support Services where she supported our LCAP work, continuous improvement, the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program, Zap the Gap, expulsion and interdistrict transfer appeals, Outdoor Education, Early Learning Support Services, and Differentiated Assistance! Prior to coming to the San Mateo County Office of Education she was a teacher, literacy coach, and site administrator.

  • To Be Determined

    To Be Determined
    Personnel Commission Services

    To Be Determined

  • Jennifer Frentress, Ed.D.

    Jennifer Frentress, Ed.D.
    Associate Superintendent,
    Instructional Services

    Jennifer Frentress, Ed.D.

  • Jeneé Littrell

    Jeneé Littrell
    Deputy Superintendent, Student Services

    Jeneé Littrell

  • Patricia Love

    Patricia Love
    Administrator, Strategy and Communications

    Patricia Love

    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.

  • Lori Musso

    Lori Musso
    Associate Superintendent, Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development, Induction and Retention

    Lori Musso

    Lori Musso is the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development at the San Mateo County Office of Education.  Ms. Musso joined SMCOE as the Coordinator of Reading/Language Arts and then was promoted to serve as the Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction at SMCOE.  Serving as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development allows Ms. Musso to combine her expertise in curriculum, instruction and credentialing with her people and management skills.

    Previous to Ms. Musso’s roles at SMCOE, she was a long time middle school teacher, site and district administrator.  Ms. Musso is the author of two curriculum and instruction books for Scholastic Publications. She has also been an instructor at SFSU and Notre Dame de Namur University in their credential programs.

    Ms. Musso holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and performing the hula.

    Ms. Musso is deeply committed to equity for all students.  Her passion for this goal is evident in her work with teachers and administrators.

  • Anjanette Pelletier

    Anjanette Pelletier
    Associate Superintendent, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

    Anjanette Pelletier

  • Denise Porterfield

    Denise Porterfield
    Deputy Superintendent,
    Business Services

    Denise Porterfield

    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.

Superintendent's Office Staff

  • Karen Williams

    Karen Williams
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

  • Jennifer Perna

    Jennifer Perna
    Executive Assistant to the Board

  • Anne Bartlett

    Anne Bartlett
    Public Communications Specialist

  • Patrick Broderick

    Patrick Broderick
    Multimedia Designer