Mike Magee Joins New Teacher Center Board of Directors


SANTA CRUZ, CA New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit focused on disrupting the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness, announces Chiefs for Change CEO, Mike Magee, as the newest member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Chiefs for Change is a nonprofit, bipartisan network of state and district education chiefs who lead systems that collectively serve more than 7 million students. Prior to Chiefs for Change, he co-founded and was CEO of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies. He is a 2013 Pahara Aspen Education Fellow and Pahara Fellowship moderator. In addition to teaching at the post-secondary level for over a decade, Magee holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

“We are so pleased to welcome Mike to our Board of Directors,” notes New Teacher Center CEO, Desmond Blackburn. “Our organization is continuously working to bring districts evidence-based professional learning opportunities. Mike’s experience with Chiefs for Change and as an educator will further our understanding of diverse district landscapes and how we can ensure that every educator has access to quality professional learning that makes a difference and helps end educational inequities.”

New Teacher Center’s Board of Directors provides the organization with strategic insights into the education field, professional learning, and instructional programming. Additionally, the Board supports the expansion of New Teacher Center’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in the organization’s structure and programs. Earlier this year, New Teacher Center released its new mission and vision statements, which fortifies this commitment to systemically underserved students and ending educational inequities.

“Several Chiefs for Change members have gone on to play vital leadership roles in the non-profit sector,” Magee says. “I am looking forward to supporting Desmond Blackburn in his role as CEO of New Teacher Center. High-quality professional learning for teachers is essential to the success of all students.”

New Teacher Center’s current Board of Directors includes:

  • Desmond Blackburn, CEO, New Teacher Center
  • Lance Fors, Board Chair, New Teacher Center
  • Louis Gomez, MacArthur Chair in Digital Media and Learning, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
  • Paul Goren, Superintendent, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Illinois
  • Kelly Pope, Co-founder and President, SpecialRelativity Education Foundation
  • Shruti Sehra, Partner, New Profit
  • David Spiller, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Group, Bain Capital Private Equity
  • Gary Syman, Co-founder and Chairman, TeachingPartners (Partner, Goldman Sachs, retired).


Founded by teachers in 1998, New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students, from preschool through high school, by accelerating educator effectiveness.


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