Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education
Jacob Oliva is the division of public schools chancellor for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), where he works to improve student performance and close achievement gaps among the state’s nearly 3 million students in more than 4,000 schools.
Prior to joining FDOE, Oliva served as superintendent for Flagler Schools in Florida. During his tenure, Oliva expanded learning opportunities for students through voluntary pre-kindergarten; dual enrollment; acceleration courses; and industry certification programs. He also implemented the Turnaround Leadership Project to improve the lowest-performing schools. Under Oliva’s leadership, student achievement in Flagler Schools increased from 22nd to 11th in the state.
Oliva has also held a variety of other roles—including assistant superintendent, principal, dean of students, and special education teacher—throughout his two decades in public education. He earned his master’s in education leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s in elementary education and exceptional children from Flagler College.