Mara Madrigal-Weiss, the executive director of student wellness and school culture for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), has been chosen as the chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission for the third consecutive year, starting in January 2024. This makes her the longest serving Latina chair in the commission’s 20-year history. She has been serving as a designee of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on the commission since 2017. In addition to her role as chair, Madrigal-Weiss is also the chair of the Prevention and Early Intervention Subcommittee, vice chair of the Workplace Mental Health Committee, and previously served as commission vice chair after her election in 2019.
Madrigal-Weiss received recognition earlier this fall for her innovation and commitment to student mental health with the first Wellness Together Mental Health Innovator Award. Her team at SDCOE maintains a virtual wellness center and compiles mental health support resources for students, families, and schools. She regularly contributes to SDCOE’s resource guide library, including guides for educators, resources for the holidays, and how to facilitate dialogue with compassion.
Mara Madrigal-Weiss has been dedicated to keeping health and wellness top of mind in her role at SDCOE. She believes that all students deserve access to mental health resources and support services. Through her work on both the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and at SDCOE, she strives to ensure that students receive