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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 Jan. 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 Jan. 2012. That year he launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a...
  • ANTWAN WILSON

    Antwan Wilson became Chancellor of DC Public Schools in February 2017. Prior to joining DCPS, Wilson was Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)...
  • 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 performance...
  • 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...
  • CHRISTINA KISHIMOTO

    Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto began as Superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona on July 1, 2014. Gilbert is rated an “A” level district by...
  • 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...
  • MITCHELL CHESTER

    Mitchell Chester began his tenure as Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in May 2008. From 2001 - 2008 he worked for the Ohio Department of Education...
  • CANDICE MCQUEEN

    Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education in January 2015. During her first year as Commissioner, Dr. McQueen created...
  • PEDRO MARTINEZ

    Pedro Martinez joined San Antonio Independent School District as Superintendent in June 2015, bringing to the district a laser-like focus on improving academic achievement...
  • VERONICA CONFORME

    Veronica Conforme is the Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, a statewide school system redesigning public education...
  • WILLIAM HITE

    With a focus on equity, innovation, and quality, Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. serves as Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, the largest public school system in...
  • 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...
  • ROBERT RUNCIE

    As superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the nation and second largest in Florida, with nearly 270,000 students in 238 schools and centers...
  • SONJA SANTELISES

    Dr. Sonja B. Santelises has spent close to 30 years focused on building high-quality teaching and learning to help students excel. She returns to Baltimore schools after serving...
  • 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...
  • KUNJAN NARECHANIA

    Kunjan Narechania was appointed as Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) in 2017, where she oversees the unification of schools in New Orleans...
  • 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...
  • TOMMY CHANG

    Prior to joining Boston Public Schools, Tommy Chang served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support and Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District...
  • 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...
  • PAYMON ROUHANIFARD

    Paymon Rouhanifard serves as the Superintendent of the Camden City School District, appointed in August 2013 by Governor Christie...
  • DESMOND BLACKBURN

    In July 2015, Desmond K. Blackburn, Ph.D., became the Superintendent of Schools for Brevard County Schools. Previously he served as...
  • CHRIS CERF

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