Darline Robles is a Professor of Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. She is a retired Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), where she served for eight years. As the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county, Dr. Robles ensured the financial and academic stability of 80 school districts that serve more than two million children in grades Pre K-12, and oversaw a $16 billion budget and a staff of nearly 4,000.
Previously, Dr. Robles served as Chief of the Salt Lake City School District from 1995-2002, where she was recognized for raising student achievement, significantly reducing the dropout rate, and securing vital resources for needy schools. Earlier, as Superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District, Dr. Robles saved the district from a state take-over by returning it to financial stability within two years.
A California native, Dr. Robles formally began her 30-year education career in Montebello as a teacher, then as a coordinator of bilingual and bi-cultural education. She has also served as both an elementary and intermediate school principal.
In October 2009, she was named one of the Top 100 Influential Hispanic Americans by Hispanic Business Magazine, and in March 2010 was a “Women of the Year” recipient by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Dr. Robles is committed to public service and serves on many local and national boards. She was recently named to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Dr. Robles received a B.A. in history from California State University, Los Angeles, an M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from USC.