Luba Bezborodnikova

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Assistant Secretary of Licensing

Luba has served as the Assistant Director for the Early Start Act at the Department of Early Learning since June 2015. She has provided oversight of childcare licensing services, including the licensing standards alignment process, and coordinated the Early Start Act implementation efforts.

Prior to joining DEL, Luba was the Associate Superintendent for Early Learning at the Puget Sound Education Service District. In this role, she provided comprehensive vision, leadership and direction for the development and implementation of prenatal-to-3rd grade services to culturally and linguistically diverse children and families in King and Pierce counties.

Luba has extensive knowledge and experience working with federal, state, regional and local human services and early learning systems. She is committed to equitable services and education that ensure high-quality care for all children and families in our state. Luba is a well-known advocate for data-informed policies, collective impact collaborations and cross-sector partnerships.

Luba holds degrees in inclusive early learning education from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and educational psychology from Moscow Pedagogical University (Russia). She lives in Federal Way with her husband, Anton. She has two sons and a grandson named Arlo.