Dr. Christina Kishimoto is superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education. She previously served as superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) in Arizona, a district of 39,000 students. Under her leadership, GPS was recognized as one of the top 10 districts in the state and was voted best place to work.
Kishimoto is a data-driven educational leader who believes in student and parent voice and site-based empowerment for principals and teachers. She is a passionate advocate for public school systems, student-centered educational policies, and strategic planning according to standards-based goals. In addition to preK-12 education, Kishimoto has career experience in higher education and business.
She serves as president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Kishimoto earned a master’s in public affairs from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate from Columbia University.