National Director of Governance, The Great City Schools (United States)
Raised in and out of foster care from birth until high school, AJ bounced around enough to have attended 11 schools prior to graduation. He attended urban, suburban and rural schools; private, public, and parochial schools; lived with white families and families of color; lived in racist communities and inclusive communities; experienced loving homes and homelessness. Guided by the idea that student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change and drawing on his intimate familiarity with the triumphs and terrors of America's safety nets for children, AJ has devoted much of his adult life to advocating for the well-being of the United States' most vulnerable youth. AJ currently serves as Conservator at DeSoto, Texas Independent School District; Education Faculty at the Leadership Institution of Nevada; Collaborator with the Effective School Boards Initiative; and National Director of Governance at the Council for the Great City Schools. AJ has served as Board Member for the Missouri School Boards Association; Board Member for the International Policy Governance Association; Policy Committee Member for the National School Boards Association; Board Chair for Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools; and Deputy Commissioner of Education for the Texas Education Agency.