Carolyn Webb De Macias | IBWPPI Board Director

Carolyn Webb De Macias

Vice President Emerita, University of Southern California
Carolyn completed 16 months as chief of staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education as a presidential appointee of President Barack Obama from February 2010 through June 2011.

Carolyn Webb de Macias served as chair of the board of the Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, February 2017- 2019.  She currently serves as chair of the board of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.  These two organizations represent the areas of Carolyn’s primary interest: education and social justice and equity. Carolyn has spent a successful professional career in the public, private and education sectors.  She has served on numerous non profit boards and holds the lifetime title of Vice President Emerita from the University of Southern California. Carolyn also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cadiz, Inc., a water resource company focused on providing renewable ground water in California.

Carolyn was the founding chair of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, founding board member of the Young Black Scholars, and past chair of the California African American Museum, among others. She was named in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles and has been honored with numerous other community service and academic awards.  She served as senior advisor for family and youth services for former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and chief of staff for then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas from 1991-1997.

Webb de Macias earned her B.A. degree from UCLA and an M.A. in Education from UCLA as a Danforth Foundation Fellow.  She holds a California Standard Teaching Credential, a California College Instructor’s Credential, and a Montessori Teacher Certificate in Primary Grades and Administration.

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