Author Bio: Jon Schnur is Chairman of the Board, co-founder and former CEO of New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale. Jon has served as a senior advisor to President Obama's campaign and presidential transition team, as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as well as President Clinton's White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, Senior Policy Adviser on Education to Vice President Gore, and special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. He has developed national education policies from preschool to higher education – with special focus on teacher and educator quality, reforming urban school systems, charter schools, after-school programs, and early learning and preschools. Jon graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Politics with honors, took coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and graduated from a Wisconsin public high school.
Jon lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Elisa and their three children: Matthew, Elizabeth and Philip.