Jonathan brings direct insights from the ever-evolving field of education. A passionate advocate for children, Jonathan has a long history of holding schools to higher standards first as the Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system in North Carolina and later as the Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), the 11th largest school district in California.
As the Superintendent of SCUSD during a recession, Jonathan was not afraid to bring innovative approaches to the district’s impoverished schools. From 2009 – 2013 Jonathan addressed issues at all levels of the K-12 system from implementing a two-year transitional kindergarten program to expanding public Waldorf schools to cutting the high school dropout rate from 23% to under 6%. He began a Hmong language immersion program – the first of its kind in California – and he forged partnerships with local colleges and employers to establish a pathway from pre-K to graduate school. One of Jonathan’s proudest accomplishments is establishing seven Priority Schools, transforming Sacramento’s poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the city’s highest performing schools. He also pursued programs outside the classroom, expanding before- and after-school and summer school programs for youth and supporting initiatives like Project Green, a student-led effort to make Sacramento’s schools greener and healthier.
Jonathan was a Fellow at the Broad Superintendents Academy and he completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a JD from the George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA and holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he also earned his BA.