Chris Meyer is founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new, excellent schools for every child in the Achievement Zone – an area of North Baton Rouge where more than 12,000 students currently attend a failing school. He most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District and prior to that, Special Advisor to the Louisiana education superintendent, Paul Pastorek, and Director of Policy for the Department of Education. Chris was a member of the 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.
He found his passion for public service as an educator in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following the flood of New Orleans in 2005, he led over 200 evacuee students to achieve significant academic gains in a neighboring rural parish. Beyond the classroom, Meyer has contributed to numerous public service and policy efforts, including in the White House, United States Congress, Office of the Mayor of New York City, and for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Public Service Fellow and he is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Political Economy.
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