Gwenn Lei, Ed.D has been in education for almost 30 years. Gwenn Lei joined the San Mateo County Office in 2016. Gwenn is a former teacher, District English Learner Coordinator, and Regional Director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UC Berkeley. She brings a wide range of expertise in literacy, English Learners and History-Social Science to support districts in San Mateo County. Gwenn formally developed and taught Ethnic Studies for middle school students and received several education awards for schoolwide inclusive programs that centered student voice and equity. Gwenn has also taught in the both the Elementary and Secondary Education program at San Francisco State University. At SMCOE, Gwenn leads the Civics Education Initiative which anchors in social justice and critical literacy. Most recently her work with districts has been grounded in developing programs and systems with in an Equity lens in both ELA and History-Social Science. She earned her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education in the year 2000 and has been engaging in social justice and equity work for most of her career.