About me

I have a passion for working at the intersections of education, racial justice, and public policy. My mom was a public school teacher, my grandfather was a superintendent, my father runs a tutoring business, and my wife holds a PhD in Italian literature. In 2011, our Thanksgiving dinner erupted into a serious argument about a writing rubric. I went to public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, at the absolute peak of racial integration. Since my childhood, I have watched the resegregation of American schooling, and the widening of opportunity gaps between kids who look like me, and those who don't. Those disparities piss me off, and I talk about them. Constantly.

My lifelong work on issues of education and justice has led me to become a writer, storyteller, activist, and nonprofit executive. My work has appeared in the New York Times, the Stanford Social Innovation ReviewEducation Week, Education Next, The Huffington Post, Bright, Fusion, Chalkbeat, Citizen Ed, and other publications. In 2015 I was a writer in residence at the Carey Institute for the Global Good.

Currently, I serve as chief operating officer of Wayfinder Foundation. Until 2015 I was president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, where we helped cities and states around the country rethink serving their most vulnerable children and communities. Before that I worked in the District of Columbia Public Schools as a senior advisor to the chancellor, and I was on the education policy committee for President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.

Working with a group of "co-conspirators," I helped to found WE ARE Educators for Justice, an initiative that organizes white folks to do the hard work of dismantling racism. In addition, I am a fellow of the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, and I serve as board chairman for Students for Education Reform. I am on the advisory board of Ed Build, an organizer with Racial Justice BK, and a volunteer photographer for YVote. I received my B.A. in cognitive science from Yale.