She concurrently 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 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 was 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 Whose 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 thenCouncilman 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, California College Instructor’s Credential and a Montessori Teacher Certificate in Primary Grades and Administration. The California native is married to Reynaldo F. Macias, a professor of Chicano(a) Studies, Education and Socio-Linguistics at UCLA and is the mother of three adult sons.