The Fund for Santa Barbara

Anna DiStefano


Anna DiStefano joined the faculty of the EdD in Educational Leadership & Change at Fielding Graduate University in 2010.  She has been a part of the Fielding community since 1983, serving in several senior executive capacities including Vice President of Academic Planning & Program Development; Dean, Human and Organization Development (HOD); and Provost from 1996 to 2010. She is a co-founder of Fielding's Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE).

Anna received her Ed.D. (1977) and her M.Ed. (1972), both in Counseling, from Boston University. Her undergraduate A.B. degree (1969) was received from Trinity College, D.C.  She was also selected as an American Council on Education Fellow (1987 - 1988).

Anna's professional areas of interest are: higher educational leadership, governance, and accreditation; educational equity; new learning environments; and feminist research.   Her most recent accomplishments include: Commissioner & Chair, Policy & Planning Committee Western Association of Schools & Colleges;  Co-author, (2010).  Leadership and Management of Online Learning Environments in Universities.  In K.E. Rudestam and J. Schoenholtz-Read (Eds.) Handbook of Online Learning, 2nd edition; Symposium speaker. (October 2009). Leadership and Change in the Global World of the 21st Century. King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; and Keynote presentation (April 2008). Gender equity in education: Looking back and moving forward. Ventura County Women's Forum on Educational Justice. California State University, Channel Islands, CA.

She and Deborah Karoff, her partner for more than 30 years, are the proud parents of two teenage daughters.


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