SMMUSD
Jul 07, 2017
Superintendent Ben Drati
SMMUSD

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati

Dr. Ben Drati has served as superintendent for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District since January 2017. Dr. Drati oversees the 16-school, preschool -12th grade district serving 11,000 students in the beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu.

Dr. Drati previously served as assistant superintendent of secondary education in the Santa Barbara Unified School District from 2012 until joining SMMUSD early this year.

Dr. Drati began his career in education as a chemistry teacher and football coach in Fresno in 1997, and subsequently served as assistant principal, learning director, deputy principal and principal in central California school districts.

Dr. Drati is committed to involving all stakeholders in Excellence through Equity as the guiding principal of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for SMMUSD. Developing partnerships and relationships with businesses, agencies, law enforcement and community organizations to build a strong community and improve the learning environment for all students is very important to him.

Dr. Drati is married with two sons in high school and a daughter now in the workforce, and is in the process of relocating his family to the community.