Dr. Daniel PK Diffenbaugh
Dr. PK Diffenbaugh is a proven educational leader with experience bringing people together to achieve a shared vision. His career in education started as a 5th grade teacher in Oakland, CA; a predominately Latino community. From there he moved to Mexico, teaching in a public middle school and studying Spanish, and then transitioned to Sacramento, CA where he spent six years leading the turnaround of one of the state’s lowest-performing high schools. During his tenure at Sacramento High School, the school saw an Academic Performance Index increase from 582 to 778, a state ranking increase from a 2 to a 7, and A-G UC/CSU college eligibility increase from 35% to over 80%. Additionally, over 75% of graduates were accepted to four-year universities including Stanford, CAL, and MIT. Many of these students were the first in their families to go to college.
PK Diffenbaugh left Sacramento High School to enter the inaugural cohort of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, an innovative partnership between the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating from Harvard, he moved to southern California, where he was the Director of 7-12 Instruction for Garden Grove Unified School District. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the instructional program for 10 intermediate and 8 high schools.
PK Diffenbaugh is married to Vanessa Diffenbaugh, the New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers. Together they have four children: Donovan, Tre’von, Graciela and Miles.