Carolyn Webb de Macías recently completed a stint as Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. She served in this position as a presidential appointee. As chief of staff, she oversaw the day-to-day operations and management of the OESE front office and established office protocols and standard operating procedures. She supervised a team of professionals and served as the assistant secretary’s chief policy advisor.
Webb de Macías is vice president-emeritus for external relations at the University of Southern California. As vice president from January 2002 to June 2008, she provided strategic direction and leadership for the university’s outreach programs, including civic and community relations, government relations, the Community Education Academy and the Good Neighbors Campaign as well as federal-and state-funded educational and economic-development programs, including the USC TRIO Programs and School of Early Childhood Education. She also co-chaired USC’s effort to develop a master plan to guide future campus development. Webb de Macias was a gubernatorial appointee to the California African American Museum Board of trustees where she served from 2003 – 2010. She is the immediate past president. She was featured in Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles in 2008.
Webb de Macías is a founding member and past president of the Partnership of Los Angeles Schools board of directors and was appointed to the Los Angeles Advisory Board for the Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES) in September, 2007. She also served on the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute Board of Directors and was formerly a member of the Central City Association Executive Committee. She is a founding president of the Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles, is past president of the Martin Luther King Legacy Association and was honored in 2006 for her work as a founding member of the Young Black Scholars of Los Angeles. She also served on the USC National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center Executive Board and the First Five LA advisory board for the development of the Los Angeles Universal Pre-School Master Plan.
Further accomplishments include serving as a former member of the Los Angeles Educational Partnership; former member of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research and a founding member of The Ethnic Coalition (TEC). Webb de Macías was also named a Black Woman of Achievement by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund for her significant corporate and community contributions and she was recently honored by the Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Action Committee. She has received numerous commendations from the City and County of Los Angeles, the State of California and Congress for her outstanding corporate, civic and community leadership.
Webb de Macías earned her B.A. degree from UCLA and her M.A. in Education from UCLA as a Danforth Foundation Fellow. She holds a California Standard Teaching Credential, California Community College Instructor’s Credential and a Montessori Teacher Certificate in Primary Grades and Administration. Carolyn Webb de Macías January 9, 2012