Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero has received a national title: 2021 Superintendent of the Year from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Guerrero has led Oregon’s largest school district since 2017. He will be honored at an event on Saturday, October 9, in Washington D.C.


Since joining the district in 2017 after serving as a deputy superintendent in San Francisco Public Schools, Guerrero has overseen several changes in the district, including ongoing school renovation projects. In 2020, voters approved a $1.2 billion bond to continue renovating school buildings around the district.

In a release shared by the district, PPS board chair Michelle DePass highlighted Guerrero’s commitment to serving PPS students.


“Superintendent Guerrero has been the right leader for the district during a pivotal time in our city’s fight for racial equity and social justice,” DePass said.

“Our collective agenda to improve our school district is unquestionable. Our district is leading the way with a community-informed vision and a focused strategic plan. On behalf of the Board, I extend my sincere congratulations to the Superintendent for receiving this national honor.”

Guerrero is one of several Oregon education leaders earning national accolades from ALAS this week, according to the Oregon School Boards Association.

Oregon Department of Education deputy director Carmen Xiomara Urbina has been named the National Latina Advocate of the Year, and Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission executive director Anthony Rosilez has been named National Latino Teacher and Administrator Advocate of the Year.

Guerrero joins other Oregon superintendents in receiving recent national honors. Last December, Salem-Keizer superintendent Christy Perry was named a finalist for the American School Superintendent’s Association’s highest honor, National Superintendent of the Year, for 2021. The award went to a Washington superintendent. In 2020, then-Eugene 4j Superintendent Gustavo Balderas won ASSA’s top honor. Though he now serves as the chief for the Edmonds School District in Washington, he weighed in on Guerrero’s honor.

“As someone who has followed Guadalupe’s career and worked closely alongside him as one of a handful of superintendents of color in Oregon, I know the impact he has had, including restoring confidence in the system,” Balderas said in a PPS release shared on Friday.

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