Tommy Chang, Great Public School Now’s Senior Advisor for Strategy & Programs, was previously the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools from 2015-18. During his tenure, graduation rates increased, dropout rates decreased, and the school district had more high-performing schools than ever before. Prior to leading the school system in Boston, Tommy served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he focused on school turnaround efforts and supported innovative school models in the school district. He is also former biology teacher at Compton High School, a founding principal of a charter school in Venice and previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of L.A. Unified.
A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Tommy is a member of Chiefs for Change, a non-profit organization led by bold and innovative district and state education chiefs, and Education Leaders of Color, an organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education.