Meet Greg


A native Southern Californian, Mr. Magnuson was born and raised in Oxnard, California. He has resided in Long Beach’s 3rd District for more than 30 years. Following his retirement in 2018 from the position of Superintendent of Schools at the Buena Park School District, he formed the consulting firm Achievement Systems, LLC and established a professional affiliation with the law firm of Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud and Romo (AALRR), to continue to lend his experience and knowledge to California school districts. Mr. Magnuson also serves in leadership positions for local non-profit organizations, including Casa Youth Shelter and the Long Beach Yacht Club.

Mr. Magnuson’s qualifications for 3rd District City Council include real world expertise and experience from over three decades as an executive in the public sector. He has led, advised and worked with numerous elected and appointed boards, and agency officials, to positively impact the local communities he has served.

Professional Experience

    • Owner, Education Management Solutions, 2019-present
    • Consultant, Education Support Services Group (AALRR), 2019-present
    • Interim Deputy Superintendent/Chief Business Official, Santa Ana Unified School District, 2021-2022
    • Interim Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, Huntington Beach City School District, 2020
    • Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, Buena School District, 2008-2018
    • Deputy Superintendent/Chief Business Official, Buena Park School District 2002-2008
    • President, North Orange County Fringe Benefits Joint Powers Association, 2006-2018
    • Board Member, Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team Region 9, 2015-16
    • Chair, Orange County School Superintendent’s Organization, 2011-2013 
    • President, North Orange County Special Education Local Plan Area Superintendent’s Council, 2010-12
    • Assistant Director, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Regionalized Business Services, 1994-2002
      • Executive Director, Los Angles Schools Regionalized Business Services Corporation 
      • Secretary, Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization
    • Technical and management positions, Rockwell International, North American Aircraft Division, 1982-1994

Selected Responsibilities & Accomplishments

    • Oversees $1.019B Operating and Capital budgets at Santa Ana USD 
    • Restructured Human Resources department & resolved nationally reported payroll issues at Santa Ana USD
    • Restructured $311M Federal & State COVID Aid at Santa Ana USD
    • Reorganized Huntington Beach City School District School facility improvement program to accelerate final projects (value $65M) forward toward completion, 2021
    • Led Huntington Beach City School District’s COVID-19 response to reopen schools in October 2020
    • Led development and implementation of Huntington Beach City School District’s 2020-21 Fiscal Solvency and Recovery Plan, April 2020
    • Led Huntington Beach City School District’s community based 7-11 Committee, 2020
    • Negotiated and/or consulted to successfully achieve collective bargaining labor agreements for multiple organization and unions, 2002-present
    • Led Casa Youth Shelter’s strategic planning process from design to plan adoption, completed 2020
    • Founder, Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Middle School STEM sailing program to serve at-risk Buena Park School District students, 2016
    • Led successful community campaign for Buena Park School District Measure ‘B’ School Facilities Improvement & Technology General Obligation Bond Measure, 2014
        • Led design and program implementation to renovate all classrooms & campuses and provide internet connectively and educational technology to all students and staff
    • Negotiated agreement with the City of Buena Park to develop a Community Joint Use Gymnasium & locker room facility on the Buena Park Junior High School campus
        • Led design and development to construct a 16,000 sq. ft. community gymnasium & locker room facility, completed 2009 

Selected Recognitions

    • Lifetime Achievement in Education Award, Orange County Board of Supervisors, 2018
    • Certificate of Appreciation, Board of Director Service, California’s Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) 2016
    • Administrator of the Year, 4th District PTA, 2016
    • Commendation, Early Literacy, Barbara Boxer, United States Senator, 2015
    • Recognition, Childhood Literacy, Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2015
    • Recognition, Student Literacy, Michelle Steele, Orange County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District, 2015


    • President, Casa Youth Shelter Board of Directors, 2020 – present
    • Member, Casa Youth Shelter Board of Directors, 2014-present
    • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Emeritus Member
    • Director, Long Beach Yacht Club Board of Directors, 2021-present
    • Chair, Long Beach Yacht Club Membership Committee, 2021 Member, Virginia County Club, 2020-present
    • Member, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Risk Management Committee, 2016-2021
    • Member, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union LA & OC Advisory Committee, 2014-2017


    • Master of Business Administration, emphasis in Marketing, Loyola Marymount University, 1993
    • International Business Certificate, Loyola Marymount University, 1993
    • Bachelor of Science in Management, cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1988

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