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We must create schools
for 21st century students.
All students have a right
to a quality education.
Diversity benefits all students.

Meet Chiefs for Change

A nonprofit network of state and district education Chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s.

  • HANSEUL KANG

    Hanseul Kang was appointed DC State Superintendent of Education in February 2015. Kang previously served as Chief of Staff for the state of Tennessee’s Department of Education...
  • TOM BOASBERG

    Since being unanimously appointed as Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools in January 2009, Tom Boasberg has led the city’s efforts to accelerate the progress of its nearly 92,000 students...
  • JOHN WHITE

    John White was named Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in January of 2012. That year he launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a...
  • ANTWAN WILSON

    Before serving as Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson was the Assistant Superintendent for Post-Secondary Readiness in Denver Public Schools for six years...
  • MALIKA ANDERSON

    Malika Anderson is the Superintendent of the Achievement School District (ASD), where she oversees all schools, district-managed and charter-operated, to dramatically improve the performance and life outcomes of students...
  • DEBORAH GIST

    Deborah A. Gist is the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. Prior to Tulsa, she was the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education. Before going to Rhode Island, Deborah served as the first...
  • LEWIS FEREBEE

    Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee began his work with the Indianapolis Public Schools in September of 2013, after serving the previous three years as Chief of Staff for Durham Public Schools. Prior to this, the 16-year education veteran served...
  • KEVIN HUFFMAN

    Kevin Huffman is a Chief-in-Residence at Chiefs for Change, a Fellow with the New America Foundation, and the former Tennessee Commissioner of Education, where he was responsible for the...
  • BARBARA JENKINS

    Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for more than 25 years. She was named Superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012...
  • VERONICA CONFORME

    Veronica Conforme is the Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, a statewide school system designed to dramatically redesign public education...
  • HANNA SKANDERA

    Prior to her current position as New Mexico’s education Chief, Secretary Skandera’s record of service in the education sector includes serving as Florida’s Deputy Commissioner...
  • STEVE CANAVERO

    Steve Canavero, Ph.D., is the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Nevada. He most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement at the Nevada Department of Education and was previously...
  • ROBERT AVOSSA

    Robert M. Avossa, E.D., was named Superintendent of the school district of Palm Beach County in June 2015. During his first year, he has engaged stakeholders...
  • DESMOND BLACKBURN

    In July 2015, Desmond K. Blackburn, Ph.D., became the Superintendent of Schools for Brevard County Schools. Previously, he served Broward County Public Schools as...
  • CAREY WRIGHT

    Dr. Carey M. Wright is currently the State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi. She has served as the Chief Academic Officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools as well as the Deputy Chief for the Office of Teaching...
  • CHRIS CERF

    Christopher D. Cerf currently serves as Superintendent of Newark Public Schools. He previously served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education, in which capacity he oversaw 2,500 schools...
  • MIKE MILES

    Mike Miles began his tenure as Dallas ISD’s Superintendent of Schools in July 2012. Upon assuming leadership of the district, Superintendent Miles led the development...
  • CHRIS BARBIC

    Chris Barbic was the founding superintendent of the Achievement School District (ASD). In this role, Barbic led a statewide public school district dedicated to moving the bottom 5% of schools...
  • DALE ERQUIAGA

    Dale Erquiaga was appointed Superintendent of Nevada Public Instruction by Governor Brian Sandoval in August of 2013. Erquiaga came to NDE after several years of working...
  • MARK MURPHY

    Mark Murphy was Delaware’s Secretary of Education from 2012 to 2015, where he led the state in adopting rigorous educator preparation standards into law, updating the state’s charter school law...
  • BRAD SMITH

    Brad Smith served as the Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction from November 2014 to February 2016, where he was focused on communication and collaboration...
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