Deputy Superintendent of Strategic Partnerships and Communications

Gentle Blythe

Deputy Superintendent Gentle Blythe has held a variety of roles in public education and community development, serving as a teacher, school reform facilitator, community organizer, and administrator at schools and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Providence, Rhode Island.

As the Deputy Superintendent of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, Blythe oversees the district’s fund development and communications efforts. She also serves as the president of SFUSD’s non-profit partner Spark* SF Public Schools. Prior to her role as deputy superintendent, Ms. Blythe was the chief communications officer for SFUSD, where she led strategic communications for over a decade.

Ms. Blythe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and completed her multiple subject teaching credential at San Francisco State University. She has been honored with the Brown University Resource Scholar Fellowship, the Citizen's Community Foundation Award, the Howard R. Swearer Community Excellence Award, and the Association of California School Administrators Administrator of the Year Award. She loves being part of a team that is transforming public schools.