Lisa Salas Brown

Associate Superintendent
Ventura County Office of Education
U.S.: California Hub | NORTH AMERICA

In June 2021, Lisa Salas Brown became the Associate Superintendent aligned to Educational Services for the Ventura County Office of Education. Lisa has served as a K-12 teacher, site administrator, district administrator, county office administrator, and statewide partner for over thirty years. Lisa’s servant leadership is driven by communication, service, networking, and building capacity internally and externally.  As she moves forward in this new role, Lisa strives to build her educational partner network to support her county’s students, families, and caregivers. 

Lisa began her educational career working full-time while attending college. She values her time as an early learning care provider and an expanded learning leader for non-profit organizations, city parks and recreation programs, and public school after-school programs. As a child of two working adults, Lisa spent morning and afternoon learning from adults outside the classroom in various expanded learning opportunities. She connects her childhood experiences, her work as a preschool teacher and after-school leader to her success as a public-school educator, building relationships throughout her journey. 

Lisa attended the in-person Introduction to Compassionate Systems Framework in November 2019, before the pandemic, with a few peers from the organization. Lisa left with the framework tools to guide her journey and build her compassionate systems work skill set. She began to focus on her journey as she supported Local Educational Agencies (LEAS) in the Director of Accountability and Continuous Improvement role. In this role, she facilitated a Professional Learning Network (PLN) through the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) with nine volunteer LEAs. With the Compassionate System Framework tools, the PLN became a system of sharing best practices, building new relationships, and creating systems to support one another. When the pandemic hit, Lisa credits her ability to adapt and pivot to her skills to focus on mind, body, and soul. Now serving as Associate Superintendent, her objective is to build a county-level compassionate system network of leaders. By partnering with her Director of Expanded Learning, Ernesto Duran, a Compassionate Systems Master Practitioner, she leads the efforts to ensure opportunities include cascading the work to all branches of the organization. This spring, fourteen county leaders attended the introduction course, and in 2022-2023, the efforts will be cascaded to the leadership team, more than seventy managers of the organization.