Dr. John E. Deasy's Bio
Dr. John E. Deasy is the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district. In this role, Dr. Deasy leads the thousands of teachers, administrators and staff in serving the diverse population of more than 600,000 students so that all youth achieve.
He is a man on a mission.
Since becoming LAUSD superintendent in April, 2011, Dr. Deasy has focused his efforts on protecting students’ rights to a high quality education—through education policy, negotiation, legislation, and the courts—while handling the budget crisis caused by the underfunding of California’s classrooms.
The reform work Dr. Deasy leads is embodied in his message to the LAUSD family:
“If we transform human capital by ensuring there are effective employees at every level of the organization focused on improving student outcomes, give our students and parents a portfolio of high quality school choice, and hold ourselves accountable through strong performance management, then every student in our schools will graduate college-prepared and career-ready.”
Prior to joining the Los Angeles Unified School District in August 2010, Dr. Deasy served as Deputy Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In that role, he led the programmatic work on effective teaching. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as superintendent of the Prince George’s County, Maryland, Public Schools, where he earned a national reputation for his leadership in significantly narrowing the achievement gap between low‐income and minority students and their peers. During his time in Prince George’s, Dr. Deasy also launched a pay‐for-performance plan that was approved by the Board of Education and developed jointly with labor, making the district a leader nationally in efforts to reward teachers for gains in student achievement.
Previously, he served as superintendent of the Santa Monica‐Malibu Unified School District in California and of the Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island. In all three districts, he championed rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for youth, fair teacher and administrator evaluations, pay‐for-performance, staff development and training, and data‐based decision‐making. Dr. Deasy brought nearly three decades of extensive successful experience in education to the foundation.
He has been a Broad Fellow, an Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow, an Annenberg Fellow, a State Superintendent of the Year, a presenter at numerous state and national conferences, and a consultant to school districts undertaking high school reform and district‐wide improvement strategies. He has spoken and written extensively on education and serves on numerous boards.