Kim Phifer, ACSA Region 18 President

Welcome to ACSA Region 18. I am honored and privileged to serve as president of this great region, representing Imperial and San Diego counties. We are dedicated to ACSA’s mission to serve educational leaders in the pursuit of equity and excellence to meet the diverse needs of all California students. We are proud to be part of The Association of California School Administrators as it is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 18,000 California educators.

Our region has amazing leadership and I want to thank the new and returning board members for your commitment and service to enhancing the lives of students through your support of educational leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

We have a lot to celebrate. This past year our Honoring Our Own event celebrated district leaders with 600 attendees and the support of over 25 business partners. Our region has approximately 900 members and we are still growing. Our Legislative Committee was active all year with a culminating event on Capitol Hill! We hosted several academies and will host a Superintendent’s, Personnel and Curriculum Academies in our region. San Diego hosted the Negotiators Symposium and will again this year along with the Leadership Summit. Our partnership with Empower Hour has been very successful and will continue in the support of women in leadership. Thank you for your participation and support of this past year’s events.

As you are aware, ACSA Region 18’s top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. We will continue to support our priorities by:

  • Connecting our work to the new ACSA strategic plan
  • Continuing to offer a broad scope of professional development opportunities in our region
  • Continue to support and strengthen regional charters
  • Connect with our local legislators to ensure everyday advocacy
  • Support outreach including membership
  • Apply an equity lens in our decision making
  • Celebrating the success of our region and its members

As I close, I want to give a big shout out to Amanda Brooke for her leadership as President the last two years and to Tom Teagle and Cindy Allen for their unconditional love and support of our region. We are better as an organization because of your service.

I look forward with anticipation to our year ahead.

Kim Phifer


ACSA Region 18

Assistant Superintendent

Human Resources and

Organizational Development

South Bay Union School District