Vincent Matthews, Ed.D.

National Center for urban school transformation

Executive Coach

Dr. Vincent Matthews served as the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District for the past five years before retiring in July, 2022.

A native of San Francisco, Vincent Matthews completed his K-12 education as a student in the San Francisco Unified School District. Following graduation from JE McAteer High School, Matthews earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Educational Administration and eventually his Doctorate in Education from San Francisco State University. Early in his career as an educator he taught at George Washington Carver Elementary School and later served as an elementary principal, a high school assistant principal and a middle school principal.

Before the San Francisco Board of Education selected Dr. Matthews to serve as superintendent, Matthews served the California Department of Education as the state-appointed superintendent of the Inglewood Unified School District. Prior to serving in Inglewood, Matthews led the San Jose Unified School District as superintendent for 6 years where he is credited with raising academic achievement, narrowing the achievement gap between Latino and white students, and passing landmark agreements with the San Jose teacher’s union. Prior to working in San Jose, he served as state-appointed superintendent for Oakland Unified.