Commissioner Dalal is a native San Diegan and is currently serving as Principal at the School of Communication, San Diego High Educational Complex in San Diego Unified School District. She has served as a mathematics teacher and administrator in San Diego Unified School District for the last twelve years and taught in school districts in Los Angeles and Fremont as well. Dr. Dalal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. She also was part of the first graduating class of a joint doctoral program in Educational Leadership with the University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State University, San Marcos, where she earned her Doctorate of Education (EdD). She is a member of the Association of California School Administrators.
Dr. Dalal's awards and recognitions include the 2001 "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" by the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University and "Competent Toastmaster Recognition" in 1995. Most recently, Dr. Dalal presented a paper on her dissertation study at the American Educational Research Conference (AERA) in San Diego in 2009.
Commissioner Dalal is Chair of the 2010 Redistricting Commission. This is her first public agency appointment.