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Dr. Kristine Shipman-Smith

Executive Leadership Coach
Dr. Shipman-Smith has dedicated the last 17 years to developing her expertise in the area of systems improvement, equity, evidence-based decision, making, and leadership capacity building. She spent her early professional years in the role of teacher, data analyst, school principal, central office leader, and now serves full time with the San Diego County Office of Education.

Since 2016, Kristine has served as an Executive Leadership Coach providing coaching for district administrators and is now supporting the Geographic Lead Agency work. She has earned certificates in Improvement Science from the University of Michigan, Race and Equity Leadership from Harvard University, and has been trained in the Compassionate Systems Framework in partnership with MIT. Dr. Shipman-Smith is currently spearheading work at SDCOE connected to the CORE Data Collaborative, coordinating the roll-out of SDCOE's Multilingual Education for Global Achievement (MEGA) Dashboard, and several other high-profile data projects.

Kristine received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Economics and Peace and Conflict Studies, her Master’s degree in Education Administration with a focus on strategic planning for system improvement, and her doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California with her research focused on evaluating the underrepresentation of Latinas as K-12 school district superintendents in California.

Dr. Shipman-Smith has spent 15 years of her career focused on making data accessible and democratizing data access within schools and districts. Her passion is in developing high-performing data using cultures. She aims to educate and empower leaders to shift from data reactivity to data-informed in their decision-making to bring equity, access, and opportunity to all students.