Jean Desravines
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Jean Desravines

Chief Executive Officer

Jean serves as the Chief Executive Officer of New Leaders, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed. Jean has over 25 years of professional leadership. Before joining New Leaders, he held a number of leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the Bloomberg Administration.

Jean serves on the board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a publicly-traded company, KinderCare, America Achieves, and St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He is the co-founder of Innovation for Equity and is co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund. 

Jean also served as a member of Governor Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission and was named to Forbes’ “Impact 30,” recognizing the world’s leading social entrepreneurs from across the country. He co-authored two books: Breakthrough Principals and The School Leadership Playbook. Jean earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Francis College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.

Believing education can be the great equalizer

Jean Desravines, Chief Executive Officer