Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs, today announced three new members:
Members of Chiefs for Change advocate for policies that promote academic achievement. Those who are a part of the network share a deep commitment to excellence and equity for all students and a track record of implementing policies that reflect core Chiefs for Change beliefs. Specifically, they have worked to expand school choice initiatives, establish strong accountability systems, promote the use of high-quality instructional materials, and create pathways that ensure students graduate ready for college and meaningful careers.
“All three of these superintendents are visionary, courageous leaders,” said Chiefs for Change Board Chair and Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White. “Whether by driving unprecedented gains in one of America’s largest districts, significantly expanding access to rigorous coursework, or sustaining the foundation of the most dramatic school turnaround effort in our nation’s history, the chiefs have shown what is possible when leaders have high expectations for all students. We are proud to have them as members of our community.”
Chiefs for Change currently has 34 members, 25 of whom are actively serving as chiefs. Of that group, 16 are district chiefs and nine are state chiefs. Fifty-six percent of the members are leaders of color, and 41 percent are women.
“Like all our chiefs, the new members we are welcoming today are well-respected educators and bold leaders,” said Chiefs for Change CEO Mike Magee. “They have a record of making decisions in the best interest of students. Our network, and America’s schools, are strengthened by their leadership.”
Quotes from new members
John Deasy: “Leading a school district to realize a vision of equity and excellence for all students is complex, challenging work. There is a lot to learn from savvy education chiefs across the country who are innovating, persisting, and seeing results. In joining this incredible community, I’m encouraged to lead ever more boldly on behalf of students.”
Susan Enfield: “Chiefs for Change advocates for many of the policies making a difference in Highline Public Schools. We must give families great educational options and a clear and honest picture of how our students and schools are doing. I am thrilled to join like-minded chiefs who stand up for their beliefs and work to ensure every child graduates prepared for the future of his or her choice.”
Henderson Lewis, Jr.: “I am honored to join this outstanding group of school chiefs from all across America. I am especially thankful to be joining Chiefs for Change alongside Superintendent Deasy and Superintendent Enfield. As the saying goes, we are often known by the company we keep, and being able to stand with these outstanding leaders is truly humbling. I also want to thank my friend, colleague, Chiefs for Change Board Chair, and Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White. Together, united through Chiefs for Change, we are creating exciting, new school systems designed to support teachers, empower families, and give students the knowledge and skills they need to thrive. I look forward to contributing to the group’s work.”
Current members of Chiefs for Change
About Chiefs for Change
Chiefs for Change is a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education Chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s through deeply committed leadership. Chiefs for Change advocates for policies and practices that are making a difference today for students, and builds a pipeline of talented, diverse Future Chiefs ready to lead major school systems.