Executive Cabinet

About our staff:

Dr. Mark Triplett

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Mark Triplett was named superintendent of the Newark Unified School District in June, 2020. He is deeply committed to achieving equitable outcomes for all students, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved by our system. Dr. Triplett champions the power and importance of public education as a transformational agent in a diverse, democratic society. Dr. Triplett has over 25 years of experience in education. He previously served as Network Superintendent of Middle Schools in Oakland Unified School District. His focus on instruction led to significant growth in math achievement, and a dramatic increase in the number of students reading at grade level. During his tenure in Oakland, Dr. Triplett promoted innovative practices to increase student engagement. He oversaw new adoptions of Common Core-aligned curriculum in every subject area, and created a nationally recognized outdoor environmental initiative for every child to have an overnight camping experience. In addition, Dr. Triplett increased music, art, and world language programming, and built a comprehensive computer science program in every middle school. Prior to his tenure as Network Superintendent, he was Deputy Superintendent of High Schools, Director of Instruction for Middle Schools, and a school principal in Oakland. Before coming to the Bay Area, he taught high school in Washington, DC and New York City. Dr. Triplett earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from East Carolina University, a Master of Arts in Education from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a Fulbright Award Recipient and a New Leaders for New Schools alumni. He serves on a number of education- focused advisory boards in the Bay Area.

Leticia Salinas

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services

Since 2017, Leticia Salinas has served as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services in Newark Unified School District. She brings over two decades of experience as a teacher, lecturer, principal, supervisor of K-12 schools, human resources leader, and English Language Learner program expert. As Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Ms. Salinas oversees Special Education, Pupil Services, Technology, East Bay Induction Consortium, curriculum and instruction, assessment, textbooks, school supervision, enrollment, student placement, parent engagement, and behavioral/mental health services. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development and accountability. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, categorical compliance, special projects, and the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee (DELAC). Prior to joining NUSD, Ms. Salinas served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources in Hayward Unified School District and as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary LEAD with San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to several teaching credentials, she also earned a Masters of Arts degree in English from California State University, Hayward. As a leader in her field, Ms. Salinas has completed executive programs at Stanford University and Harvard University.
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Jessica Saavedra

Executive Director of Human Resources

Responsible for the overall operation of the Human Resources Department; affirmative action and sexual harassment officer; uniform complaint officer; contract management; grievances; collective bargaining; employee discipline; new employee recruitment and selection; new teacher training; Peer Assistance and Review; Student Teacher program

Marie dela Cruz

Chief Business Official

The CBO's current responsibilities include overseeing all business services for the district: management of the district’s Budget & Fiscal Services, Internal Auditing, Purchasing, Payroll, Insurance, Risk Management and Student Information Systems functions.


Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education