About Dr. LaWana Richmond
Educator at Heart
Although born in the midwestern United States, most of my childhood was spent in San Diego with the bulk of my education being at public schools in the San Diego Unified School District and local public colleges and universities.
Education has made all the difference for me in my journey.
I am running for this position because I think I can help.
I'd like to see more children look forward to being at school and feeling like it is a place they can succeed. I support living wages. I understand the importance of the support staff who make everything run. I see value in project labor agreements. I support preparing our children to be socially and technically fluent so they can succeed in the world they will inherit from us.
I'd like to help make these things happen. My personal, professional, and academic background as well as experience have prepared me to serve you. My academic background includes degrees in Marketing, Operations Management, Information Systems, and Educational Leadership. I have a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, PMI Project Management Professional certification and ProSci change management certifications. I have also been trained in Shingo Lean which focuses on building and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement. My dissertation focus was on employee engagement within the context of strategic planning, collaboration, and innovation.
Professionally, I have worked for the past 14 years at the University of California, San Diego where my responsibilities have ranged from extramural funds management to business systems analysis with a current focus on organizational development.
Shortly after completing my doctorate in 2015, I began with teaching doctoral students and eventually undergraduate students at UCSD. Throughout all of this, I have been engaged with my community. I have shown up and made the effort to make a difference whenever and wherever I could because it's who I am.
Most importantly, I have been in the roles of SDUSD student and parent.
In closing, Ubuntu theory says, I am because we are and because we all are therefore, I am.