Northern California Educational Leadership Consortium

Mele Benz

Leadership Coach

Administrator of Special Project
Butte County Office of Education
Leadership Coach, NorCal ELC


Hilmar High School
Stanford University, BA in Anthropology
San Jose State, MA in Educational Leadership

My Passions/Skills/Assets relevant to NorCal ELC: 

  • 15 years of experience as a TK-8 site administrator
  • Service in rural and suburban school settings
  • My schools have received the following awards from the California Department of Education: Distinguished School (x2), Gold Ribbon, Pivotal Practice.
  • I love data! Especially when a data deep dive leads us to improve outcomes for students who are systemically marginalized and historically underserved.

Career Goal: 
To improve our education system through relationship-building and representation

Favorite Quote: “Too often we think the work of fighting oppression is just intellectual. The real work is personal, emotional, spiritual, and communal.” – Bettina L. Love

Portrait of Mele Benz