Genethia Hudley Hayes
Genethia received her undergraduate degree in 1968 from Texas College, in Tyler, Texas (B.A. English). She obtained an M.Ed. from Pepperdine University in 1972. In 1976 Genethia successfully completed a special MBA program with emphasis on non-profit management through CSU, San Jose and The Center For Non-Profit Management. She was awarded a doctorate in education in May of 2000, with a specialization in public policy. She is a certified mediator meeting all of the requirements set forth by the State of California.
Genethia taught with the LAUSD for five years in the Child Development Division. For three years she served as a curriculum specialist with LAUSD. Genethia developed and delivered workshops to administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. After leaving LAUSD, she taught and became the principal of Holy Nativity Episcopal Day School for five years. While principal, she developed, in conjunction with Dr. Madeline Hunter of UCLA, an accelerated curriculum for the African American learner. She was for several years the publisher of an elementary language arts newspaper, MOONFLOWER. Its focus was to create lifelong reading habits for African American families. She joined the staff of SCLC/LA as the program director of Project AHEAD in 1985. Genethia ended her 14 years of service with SCLC/LA as its Executive Director, and the Executive Vice President of The Martin Luther King Legacy Association, the social service arm of SCLC/LA. She is currently a member, and the President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Genethia taught parenting classes at Rio Hondo College, and was a consultant for the State Department of Education, the National School Boards Association, and The Stanislaus County Office of Education. Genethia was a trainer for The Home and School Institute in Washington D.C. for 5 years teaching MegaSKILLS classes in California, Arizona, Washington, Tennessee, and Oregon. Genethia served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Unified Districtís Office of Intergroup Relations from 1997-1999.
Served as a member of The California State Teacher Credentialing Commission
National presenter at conferences whose focus is innovative approaches to developing community and parent partnerships with public education agencies
Trainer for the Chicago Public School System during their implementation of school reform\
MegaSKILLS trainer in California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Tennessee;
Worked with the Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues at the University of Denver
Conducted parenting workshops and seminars for The Rosa Parks Sexual Assault and Crisis Center, United Teachers of Los Angeles, The Pasadena Welfare Rights Organization, The University of California/Los Angeles Unified School District joint venture Medcore Program and the So. California Achievement Team Parent Conference
Implemented with LAUSD the First through Fifth Annual Ten Schools Conference
Selected for the Mayoral Delegation - Los Angeles Celebrates Jerusalem 3000
Appointed to The Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission
Elected to the Board of Directors of Public Advocates, a public interest law firm
Inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, UCLA Chapter
Elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, 1999
Served as President of The Los Angeles Board of Education for two consecutive terms.†
Boards/Civic Organization Membership (partial listing)
Board member, Public Advocates, San Francisco, CA
Board member, United Friends of The Children, Bridges
Board member, Cross Cities Campaign For Urban School Reform
Community Advisory Board, California African American Museum
Member, African American Jewish Leadership Connection
Board member, the Multi-Cultural Collaborative
Board member, Interethnic, Dallas, Tx.
Board member, The Sierra Group, Washington D.C., and New York, N.Y.
Member Kaiser Permanente Arbitration Committee
Membership in Professional Organizations
The National Association for The Education of Young Children
National Association of Education Activists
The National Citizens Committee on Education
The National Council of Curriculum Developers
Genethia resides in Los Angeles with her husband Alton. They have a daughter, Kathryn Elaine who resides in Santiago, Chile. While career and commitment to service to her community continue to be important, her most rewarding experiences are as a wife and mother.