Carmelo Sgarlato, Chief of Labor Relations, has worked for SFUSD for 30 years. In this time, he has held a number of leadership roles with the district that have encompassed developing science curriculum and instruction, heading district partnerships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation, assessing student learning in a partnership with WestEd, and acting as principal in middle and high schools. His most recent position was at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the district’s arts magnet high school.
Mr. Sgarlato was hired in 2013 as the Executive Director for Labor Relations and has successfully negotiated contracts with all bargaining units representing the over seven thousand employees of the district. As an experienced manager of people and projects with an established record of working cooperatively with employees, parents and students, he has brought a practical sensibility to the position. He is committed to the district mission of equity for all in our classrooms and is inspired in his work through the collective vision expressed in the district’s strategic plan and Vision 2025: Re-imagining Public Education.
Mr. Sgarlato believes in the power of teamwork and that our job is to create a system that recognizes diverse learning styles and supports student achievement. In order to make this a reality, he sees the need to recruit and retain a highly qualified workforce. Mr. Sgarlato holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Education from San Francisco State University and is a transplanted New Yorker who has lived with his family in the Bay Area since 1976.