Scott Himelstein is the former Deputy Secretary of Education/Chief of Staff and later Acting Secretary of Education for the State of California. In that capacity he served as chief policy advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on K-12 and higher education. In 2008, Himelstein was appointed by the Governor to the California Community College Board of Governors which oversees 114 colleges, the largest system of higher education in the world. He served as its’ President from 2011 to 2013.
Established by a gift from the William D. Lynch Foundation, Himelstein is the former Director of the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL). Established by a gift from Irwin and Joan Jacobs he is also the former Director of the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). . Prior to his appointments by Governor Schwarzenegger, he served as Chairman and CEO of the National Even Start Association and Chairman and CEO of San Diego Reads.
Himelstein is currently the President of the William D. Lynch Foundation For Children and has been since it's creation in 1989. He serves on the City Heights Prep Charter School Board. His expertise encompasses the financial,philanthropic, political, governance and workforce dimensions of educational policy development.