Jon Schnur is cofounder of America Achieves, a new national alliance working to improve education for all kids. Previously, Mr. Schnur cofounded and served as chief executive officer of New Leaders for New Schools, a national nonprofit organization focused on 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. As cofounder of New Leaders, Mr. Schnur led the development of the organization’s goals, metrics, and strategy, as well as the management team, board, core values, partnerships, and fundraising.
Mr. Schnur also served as special assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Bill Clinton’s White House associate director for educational policy, and senior advisor on education to Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Schnur has developed national educational policies on teacher and principal quality; after-school programs; district reform; charter schools; and early learning and preschools.
Mr. Schnur graduated with a BA degree in politics from Princeton University; took course work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government; and graduated from a Wisconsin public high school. He is deeply committed to educational excellence for every child.