I was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. My mother is an immigrant from India. My father is African-American and grew up in South Carolina and New York City. I have one sister and two nephews.
I moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University when I was 18 and lived there for most of my adult life. Time away from New Orleans has included: Ghana (studying abroad), New Haven (law school at Yale), Sierra Leone (working at a war crimes tribunal), India (working with the Tibetan Government In-exile), and San Francisco, where I currently live.
I was part of the founding team, and eventually became CEO, of New Schools for New Orleans. In this role, I helped build the nation’s first school system where over 90% of students attend charter schools. As a result of this structural transition, New Orleans students are achieving at the highest levels in decades. A recent study found these reforms to have achieved a .4 effect size, an effect previously unseen in city based reform. Yet, despite this growth, the school system is far from excellent.
Currently, I’m the Managing Director of The City Fund.
This blog represents my views only.