Senior Director of Research and Education Policy Development
California School Boards Association
Mary Briggs is senior director of research and education policy development at the California School Boards Association (CSBA). Her work focuses on local K–12 governance across the diversity of California’s school districts and county offices of education. She works with a team of education policy analysts who focus on supporting board members with research and timely information about key issues facing governance teams. Recent CSBA research projects include the examination of local educational agencies’ use of state and federal COVID-19 relief funding, school safety, and budgeting through an equity lens. Prior to joining CSBA, she worked for 12 years as an elementary school teacher in the greater Sacramento region. She later studied school organization and education policy at the University of California, Davis, where her work focused on district coherence, school finance, and local policy implementation practices.