Tommy Chang Joins GPSN

Tommy Chang Joins GPSN

Dec. 9, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)- Great Public Schools Now today announced that Dr. Tommy Chang will join the nonprofit organization as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Programs. Chang recently served three years as the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and previously was a senior administrator at L.A. Unified and a policy director at the California Charter School Assn.

“Education has played a central part in my entire life, and I am excited to be part of Great Public Schools Now and to work to ensure that every student in Los Angeles has a great public school to attend,”  Chang said. “I look forward to continuing my previous relationships in Los Angeles, as well as forging new ones with Supt. Austin Buetner, board members, and educators to find innovative ways to increase educational opportunity for all children.”

GPSN has partnered with L.A. Unified on many projects, including investing to replicate three high-quality campuses in South L.A. that currently serve nearly 700 students.

“Throughout his nearly 20 years of work in education, Tommy has been able to find ways to connect with educators and families in all sectors of education,” said Ana F. Ponce, Great Public Schools Now’s Executive Director. “I believe his ability to bring people together for the common goal of helping children succeed will lead to better outcomes for more families.”

Prior to joining Boston Public Schools, Chang, 44, spent four years working for the L.A. Unified School District as the local superintendent of the Intensive Support and Innovation Center, where he supported pilot schools and turnaround efforts throughout the district.  He began his career teaching science at Compton High School and was the founding principal of Animo Venice Charter High School. 

He is also a member of Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit organization led by district and state education chiefs, and Education Leaders of Color, which is dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education.



Jason Song

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