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Richard A. Carranza

Superintendent, Houston Independent School District

4400 West 18th St.
Houston, TX 77092-8501

(713) 556-6000

Richard A. Carranza serves as Superintendent for the Houston Independent School District. Prior to this role, he was the Superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in California.

From 2009-2012, as Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice for SFUSD, Mr. Carranza led the implementation of the district's equity focused strategic plan. His responsibilities included the redesign of the district's central office to better support school sites and the implementation of a core instructional curriculum to achieve more equitable educational results for all students.

Prior to his work with SFUSD, Mr. Carranza was Northwest Region Superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he oversaw 66 schools and over 66,000 students. Under his leadership the Northwest Region made significant strides toward improving student achievement including an increase in the number of middle schools and high schools making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and double-digit reductions in the percentage of special education and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students performing below proficiency levels in mathematics and language arts.

He has also served as a high school principal in Tucson, Arizona, and in Las Vegas, Nevada; high school assistant principal; and a teacher of bilingual social studies and music. Mr. Carranza earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed., with distinction, in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He has also completed doctoral coursework through Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing an Ed.D degree through Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership.

Having entered the public school system speaking no English, Mr. Carranza experienced first-hand the transformational power of access and equity in providing a rich and rewarding education to all students.