Ann Ishimaru
Assistant Professor of Educational Policy, Organizations and Leadership


  • Community involvement
  • Leadership
  • Parent involvement

Ann Ishimaru is an assistant professor of educational policy, organizations and leadership whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relationships and educational equity in P-12 systems. Her work aims to improve educational leadership — both in formal and family/community settings — to create equitable educational environments, with a particular focus on students, families and communities who have been historically marginalized in education. Ishimaru engages in community-based research to build collaborative leadership capacity for improving educational systems and leveraging the expertise and priorities of the students, families and communities who have been least well served in these systems. Ishimaru received the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2016 Jack A. Culbertson Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of educational leadership, and her article “Beyond Individual Effectiveness: Conceptualizing Organizational Leadership for Equity” in the journal Leadership & Policy in Schools was honored as its most read article in 2014.