Libia Socorro Gil served as superintendent of schools for the Chula Vista, California, school district, the largest K-6 district in the state of California with more than 24,000 students, 2,400 employees and 39 schools. She received the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education in 2002 in recognition of her leadership in providing academic opportunities for all students. During her tenure, the district was awarded an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s for implementing an excellent capital program as well as efficient management with the lowest centralized administrative costs in the region. Numerous school change models were implemented successfully, in addition to operating six charter schools in partnership with foundations and private entities. Prior to joining Chula Vista, Gil served as assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in the Seattle, Wash., Public School District, after being a teacher and principal in K-12 schools in California. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles.