Dr. John B. King

During his tenure as New York’s first African-American and Puerto Rican Education Commissioner, the state was a national leader in many facets of education, including investing in high-quality early learning, raising standards for teaching and learning, providing strongprofessional development and innovative career ladder models for teachers and school leaders, as well as increasing educational opportunities in high-need communities. At NYSED, Dr. King drew upon his extensive experience leading urban schools as Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization and as Co-director of the high-performing Roxbury (Massachusetts) Preparatory Charter School, which he co-founded. Dr. King began his career teaching high school social studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a J.D. from Yale University. Bringing a moving personal narrative and experience that ranges from classroom teacher to Secretary of Education, Dr. King is a strong voice for equity and opportunity, elevating the teaching profession, and preparing a diverse, globally competitive workforce. Whether speaking to educators or business leaders, Dr. King leaves audiences feeling invested in the promise of a strong national future built upon high quality education.