• Michael Gaal is an accomplished leader with over 30 years of service-centered experience across multiple sectors and disciplines. Before coming to District 11, Michael served as Deputy Chancellor, DC Public Schools; Chief of Staff, Oakland Unified School District; and Chief Operations Officer and Elementary Superintendent, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. His private sector experience includes President of Sales for an education technology company, and Chief Operations Officer and later President of an energy management company, primarily supporting school districts and universities. Michael is a retired Air Force Colonel with deep experience in in-flight instruction, mobility operations, and national strategic policy development. Michael's student's first mantra and understanding of the needs of schools and students drive his urgency and passion for ensuring all students are loved.