Jon Schnur is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization with one mission: ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale. Since co-founding New Leaders, he has led the development of the organizations’ strategy, management team and board, core values, performance metrics, partnerships, and fundraising. After having advised Barack Obama on education issues since he became a US Senator, Jon also recently served as co-chair of the Education Policy Committee for the Obama for President campaign.
New Leaders provides the individuals selected to participate in the program with rigorous, hands-on training that prepares them to be outstanding principals who are focused on meeting the needs of every child and who are highly effective instructional leaders, managers, community leaders, and leaders of change. New Leaders partners with major urban public school systems in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Memphis, California’s Bay Area, Baltimore, and most recently Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Prince George’s County, MD. Currently, over 550 New Leaders school leaders serve more than 200,000 children. By 2014, New Leaders anticipates it will be training 20-25% of the new principals in the U.S. needed for urban, low-income public schools.
Based on its results, New Leaders has received important national recognition, including being honored in January 2006 as one of the highest rated social enterprise in the U.S by Fast Company/Monitor Group. In addition, New Leaders was one of only 6 programs – and the only national program – highlighted in a “Best Practice Guide to School Leadership” by the U.S. Department of Education being distributed to all 50 states nationally. Jon has been recognized by Time Magazine, National Public Radio, Fast Company magazine, the New York Times, his hometown newspaper the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others.
Jon has served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Clinton's White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, and Senior Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore. He has developed national educational policies on teacher and principal quality, after-school programs, district reform, charter schools, and preschools. Jon graduated from Princeton University and a Wisconsin public high school.