Deborah Sims Ed.D.
Vice President, Strategic Systems & Innovation
Deborah leads efforts to develop and scale Pivot’s approach to education finance reform and its alignment with instructional improvement and educational equity. In this role, she also guides a team of content developers to create the cutting-edge tools, materials and programs to help keep Pivot on the forefront of equitable education spending service providers.
Over her nearly forty year career, Deborah has consistently exhibited strong leadership, instructional and management skills, focused on creating coherent, accountable school systems and content for rigorous teaching and learning. Her diverse breadth of experience includes having served as a classroom teacher, school principal, Assistant Superintendent, Chief of Schools Officer for School Operations and Instructional Support, School Superintendent, and education leadership consultant.
Prior to joining Pivot, Deborah served as Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services for Fremont Unified School District, where she led the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. She served as Superintendent at Antioch Unified School District. She began her career at San Francisco Unified School District as an elementary school teacher before climbing the ranks to serve as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary K-8 Instructional Support and Operation, where she was co-leader for their Weighted Student Funding initiative.
Deborah is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, having received a B.A. and M.A. there before returning to earn an Education Doctorate in Organization and Leadership, at the School of Education. She is a recipient of several awards including the 2006 NAACP Excellence in Education Award and 2001 Phi Delta Kappa, Educator of the Year, was a founding member of the San Francisco Principals’ Center at SFUSD, and is a graduate of the Broad Academy for superintendents.