Master of Ceremonies EARL PERKINS, Ed.D, is the Assistant Superintendent for School Operations of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In this role, Dr. Perkins assists schools in creating a safe and caring environment that ensures learning. Throughout his 37 years working in LAUSD, he has served a vast number of schools, including Los Angeles and Fairfax high schools, as a teacher, specialist, coach, youth services supervisor and coordinator. Dr. Perkins was first appointed as assistant superintendent of special projects in 2005. In that role, he headed the district’s Transformational Schools, 27 of the lowest performing high schools and middle schools in the district. Dr. Perkins also has an extensive background with after-school and Saturday programs, focusing on both academics and extracurricular enrichment.