About Chris Reykdal: State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chris Reykdal, the youngest of eight children, was born and raised in Snohomish. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies, a geology minor, and a teaching certificate. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
His professional career has been devoted to public education. Chris has worked as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system.
In November 2016, Chris was elected as Washington’s 16th state superintendent. Chris leads a team at OSPI that is working hard to open multiple pathways to high school graduation including expanded technical education opportunities. Additionally, OSPI has transformed the state’s accountability system through critical policy and budget changes.
Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.