A brief bio of Newark's New Superintendent
Cami Anderson is finishing her term as Superintendent of Alternative High Schools and Programs for the New York City Department of Education (District 79)—a unique citywide agency serving 20,000 young people and 60,000 adults. All of the students in District 79 are facing significant obstacles to completing their high school diploma — parenthood, financial constraints, incarceration, immigration, drug addiction, and/or previous school failure. In less than two years, Anderson has already launched wide-scale and bold changes that one newspaper called “revolutionary.”
She began her education career as a theatre, Montessori, and public school teacher. She received a national teacher of the year award, founded a district-wide committee on parent and community involvement, received grants to create conflict resolution, literacy, diversity, and theater programs, and facilitated professional development workshops for parents and teachers.
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Anderson went on to serve as Executive Director of Teach For America at a critical time in its growth. She founded a board of business and education leaders, represented the organization at policy forums, increased funding by more than 300 percent, and launched Teach For America Week. She managed the professional development and evaluation of more than 500 teachers in over 90 schools. She also sat on the national policy team and helped the organization more than double in size.
As Chief Program Officer for New Leaders for New Schools (a national aspiring principal initiative), Anderson managed the design and implementation of recruiting, admissions, curriculum, coaching, new principal support, and evaluation – in addition to sitting on the three-person executive team. As a business, the organization was recognized as one of the most innovative and effective non-profits in the country by Fast Company magazine and Harvard Business School. And, as a training program, it was recognized by Education Week, WestEd, the US Department of Education, numerous school districts, and The Teaching Commission as one of the most effective principal preparation programs in the country.
Anderson has also served as a management consultant to national and international non-profits and political organizations on strategy, evaluation, diversity, and organizational development. She was the Director of Policy and Strategy on Cory Booker's mayoral campaign.
Anderson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education and Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in Public Policy and Education from Harvard.