Associate Superintendent of Personnel Services
Phone: (650) 940-4675
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors, teaching, credentials and Masters in Educational Leadership, Saint Mary’s College of California,
Mrs. Leyla Benson
Leyla Benson joined MVLA in January 2018 as the Associate Superintendent for Personnel. She administers a wide variety of critical personnel responsibilities including the recruitment, selection, hiring and orientation for all new staff in the high school district. She ensures that the district conforms to its policies, relevant laws, contracts and agreements. A key member of the cabinet, she advises Superintendent Harding, district administrators and managers, principals and assistant principals on a variety of personnel-related issues.
Leyla came to MVLA from the Mount Diablo Unified School District in Concord, where she served as Executive Director of Human Resources for four years. She was lead negotiator with bargaining units, led the hiring and onboarding of hundreds of new teachers and staff, and handled all HR issues for more than 5,000 district, hourly and substitute employees. She also oversaw a team of 16 personnel staff members. She has extensive experience with recruitment and personnel matters of the most challenging nature.
Earlier in her career, Benson was a principal at several East Bay high schools, and was an English teacher at Pittsburg High School. Before she found her path in education, she worked in public relations and television news for several years. Ms. Benson is a cum laude graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, where she also earned her teaching and administrative services credentials, and a Masters in Educational Leadership.