Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
Member, National Assessment Governing Board
Andrés A. Alonso is the Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, leading the schools of Maryland's largest city since 2007.
Dr. Alonso has led key reforms and initiatives in City Schools, such as creating new schools and turning around or closing low-performing schools, shifting resources from the district office to schools, giving more autonomy to school principals and expanding the role of family and communities in key school decisions. Under his leadership, City Schools has seen improved student performance and a narrowing of achievement gaps across all student subgroups.
Prior to coming to Baltimore, Dr. Alonso served as Chief of Staff for Teaching and Learning and as Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the New York City Department of Education during the launch of its Children First reform. Before that, he taught emotionally disturbed special education adolescents and English language learners in Newark, N.J.
Dr. Alonso emigrated from Cuba to the United States with his parents at the age of 12. Originally speaking no English, he attended public schools in Union City, N.J., graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, and earned his law degree and a doctorate in education from Harvard University. After practicing law in New York City he changed course to become an educator.