Andrés Alonso

Former CEO Baltimore City Public Schools

Andrés Alonso is formerly professor of Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he taught on driving change, school reform, and the leadership of instruction, and helped steer the Education Degree in Leadership Doctorate and the Certificate for Advanced Education Leadership programs from 2013 to 2018. Previously, Dr. Alonso served as co-chair of the Public Education Leadership Project, a collaboration between HGSE and Harvard Business School, as well as faculty of other Harvard schools. He led the Baltimore City Public Schools as chief executive officer from 2007 to 2013. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Alonso served as deputy chancellor of teaching and learning, and from 2003 to 2006, as chief of staff for teaching and learning at the New York City Department of Education. Before working in the Baltimore and New York City Public Schools systems, Dr. Alonso taught special needs and English language learners in the Newark, New Jersey, public school system. Dr. Alonso earned a BA from Columbia and a JD from Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York City from 1982 to 1984, before entering the teaching profession. Dr. Alonso received a doctorate in education from Harvard in 2006. He is a recipient of Teachers College’s Medal of Distinguished Service, and a trustee and former chair of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a trustee of the William T. Grant Foundation, and a former trustee of Teachers College of Columbia University. He is also past chair of the Reporting and Dissemination Committee of the National Assessment Governing Board.