GONZALO LA CAVA
Chief of Human Resources, The School District of Palm Beach County
Dr. Gonzalo La Cava is chief of human resources for The School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, the nation’s tenth-largest district, where he oversees compensation structures; employee information services; labor relations; professional development; and recruitment and retention. He has established numerous partnerships to attract and prepare diverse and talented educators and groom future education leaders.
Previously, La Cava was area superintendent for the Central Learning Community in Atlanta’s Fulton County Schools, where he supported more than 20,000 students. During his time with the district, he also served as assistant superintendent of student support services and executive director of services for exceptional children.
Prior to Fulton County, La Cava led two large comprehensive Title I elementary and middle schools in Florida’s Orange County Public Schools. Both of the schools supported a population of students where 75 percent were children of color and 80 percent qualified for free or reduced-priced lunch. As principal, La Cava turned around the schools by working with teachers to increase academic performance and help close achievement gaps in reading, math, and writing. He began his career as a special education teacher.
La Cava earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the fifth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program.