Gen. Counsel, CSBA / Director, ELA
Kathryn Meola is CSBA’s General Counsel and Director of its Education Legal Alliance (ELA). She is the first woman to serve as General Counsel in the organization’s 88-year history and possesses more than two decades of legal experience in litigation, personnel matters, contracts, policy development, general and special education, charter schools, open meeting laws, public records act requests, and administrative hearings.
Meola provides legal counsel to the leadership and management of CSBA and oversees all legal department programs and services. She also leads ELA, a consortium of school districts, county offices of education and regional occupational centers/programs that pool resources to pursue and defend public education interests in the courts and before state agencies.
Meola came to CSBA from the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office, where as Chief Deputy she advised school districts across the county in both general education and special education law. As Chief Deputy, Meola served as general counsel for the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools and the San Mateo County Board of Education, and as counsel to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and the Deputy County Manager responsible for Criminal Justice and Realignment. She also represented the San Mateo County Community College District, the San Mateo Union High School District, and the Sequoia Union High School District. In addition, Meola supervised the County’s public safety departments, as well as its School Deputy and Special Education Deputy teams.
Prior to joining the County Counsel's Office, Meola worked as a Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo County. In this role, she tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict including cases of homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault and insurance fraud.
Meola has been a grader for the California Bar Exam since 2002 and in 2016 was appointed as a Supervising Examination and Development (EDG) Team member.