John B. King, who served as the tenth Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the Obama administration, has been appointed president and CEO of The Education Trust. According to the organization’s website “the Education Trust is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. We were founded for one reason and one reason alone: to push, prod, and cajole our country toward educational justice.”
Before joining the Department of Education in 2015, Dr. King was commissioner of education for the state of New York. Earlier in his career he was the managing director of Uncommon Schools, an organization that operates high-performing charter schools in urban areas of New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Dr. King is a graduate of Harvard University, where he majored in government. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University and a law degree from Yale University.