John Deasy, Superintendent-in-Residence, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
Allison Fansler, President and COO, KIPP DC
With Steve Clemons
John Deasy is the Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland’s second largest school system and the nation’s 18th largest district. He leads an organization that offers 134,000 children an innovative, technology-infused curriculum that has produced significant academic gains. Additionally, PGCPS provides a wide range of “FOCUS” programs, extended learning opportunities, and support for special needs students, creating an environment in which all students are able to obtain a quality education. This diverse, urban school system serves children from 148 countries, speaking 140 different languages. More than 97,000 students are transported safely to and from school each day, and nutritious meals are prepared for 75,000 children daily.
Allison Fansler joined KIPP DC in 2006 and has served as KIPP DC's President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Fansler oversees the financial, real estate, fundraising, and general operations of KIPP DC. During Fansler's tenure to date, Fansler has managed the organization's expansion from two to twelve schools, which now serves more than 3,600 District students with a current annual budget of over $50 million, and has laid the foundation for the organization's planned growth to thirteen schools with the capacity to serve 5,000 students. Under Fansler's leadership, KIPP DC has raised over $55 million to date in private and public fundraising and secured more than $85 million of financing. From 2007 to 2009, Fansler successfully completed the Broad Residency, a nationwide education leadership program. Prior to joining KIPP DC, Fansler spent three years at the KIPP Foundation in San Francisco. Before joining the KIPP team, Fansler worked at the United States Department of Treasury as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Fansler received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is a fellow of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship's eighth class and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.