Ramon C. Cortines
Position: Acting assistant secretary for educational research and improvement, Department of Education.
Hometown: San Francisco
Education: Pasadena College, since renamed Point Loma Nazarene College, in San Diego. Bachelor's degree in speech and education, and master's degrees in school administration and adult learning.
Other career posts: Special adviser on urban issues to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and visiting scholar at Stanford University, October 1995–March 1997; chancellor, New York City schools, September 1993–October 1995; assistant secretary-designate for intergovernmental and interagency affairs, U.S. Department of Education, February–August 1993; chairman, Department of Education transition team for President-elect Clinton, December 1992; superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District, 1986–1992. Previously served as superintendent in San Jose and Pasadena, Calif; administrator in Covina, Calif.; and teacher in Aptos, Calif.