Meenoo Yashar

Interim Chief of Early Education Department, San Francisco Unified School District

Meenoo is the Interim Chief of San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Early Education Department and has continued to demonstrate leadership as the Executive Director of SFUSD’s early education Program, Quality, and Enhancement unit, where she supervises over 20 staff collaboratively working to improve kindergarten readiness and early school achievement. Over the past six years as a leader at SFUSD, she has led her devoted team; developed effective cross-departmental relationships; demonstrated steadfast commitment to and competencies in developing high quality early education programming; and provided key leadership to a department that is annually increasing kindergarten readiness results.

For over 25 years Ms. Yashar has gained indispensable experience in progressive educational management and directing her team to strive for equity in educational achievement within San Francisco’s urban district. Her career trajectory includes working as a preschool teacher, an AB 3632 mental health service assessor for students with IEPs, a social worker for Tenderloin pre-kindergarten  program at Compass Family, a site administrator at school for students with special needs, and the Director of professional development in Seattle Early Reading First & Early Learning Networks. Ms. Yashar’s experience as a teacher, therapist, evaluator, manager, director, and most recently, executive director, have all prepared her with authentic and well-rounded educational experiences that enables her to effectively lead the Early Education Department in her role as Interim Chief.