Paul LaMarca, Ph.D.

Chief Ombudsman & Strategies officer, Washoe County School District

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  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1995
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fresno, 1988


I am honored as the Chief School Performance Officer to serve the students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff of the Washoe County School District (WCSD). I have been in this position since 2011. Prior to serving in this capacity, I served as the Chief Accountability Officer for four years. I provided a decade of service in the area of Standards, Curricula, and Assessment for the Nevada Department of Education before coming to WCSD.

I entered the field of education after having a research faculty appointment at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Studying the resilience of students facing significant life challenges and specializing in the area of race and equity issues helped me to find my calling to serve children more directly. I maintain an adjunct faculty appointment with UNR and have provided lectures annually in both Social Psychology and Education.

I earned my Doctorate degree in Social Psychology from UNR in 1995. As a social psychologist I view educational matters through a non-traditional lens. I value our obligation to all children, to not only support their academic growth but to support their social and emotional growth preparing them for success in any and all post-secondary settings. I believe there is no greater gift and no greater calling than to serve as an educator.