Shane Safir

Senior Program Officer, Educator Leadership

Shane Safir has worked in public education for over 20 years, at every level of the school system. In 2003, she became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity. In her dual role as school leader and director of the nonprofit Small School for Equity, Shane chaired the district’s Small Schools Task Force and crafted the first local small schools policy, brokering agreements with the teacher’s union and other interests that enabled local innovation. Since 2008, Safir has provided equity-centered coaching and professional learning for schools, districts, and organizations across the country.

A teacher at heart, Shane is passionate about integrating performance assessment into adult learning and has piloted this practice with district partners. She contributes regularly to Edutopia, Ed Week, and ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine and is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (John Wiley & Sons, 2017).

Shane is joining the foundation on a part-time basis while continuing to maintain her consulting business focused on equity-centered leadership and school transformation. She holds a B.A. in History from Brown University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University, and an administrative services credential from California State University East Bay.