Eric Schwarz

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Co-Founder, CEO of Citizen Schools and the Executive Chairman of US2020

Eric is the Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools. Schwarz has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Social Entrepreneur Advisory Board for the New Profit, Inc. Gathering of Leaders. He is the author of Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities, a widely cited essay examining social change efforts and the role of social entrepreneurs, and co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning. Schwarz wrote a chapter, “Calling All Citizens,” in the recently published best-selling book, Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools.

Schwarz is also the Executive Chairman of US2020.  US2020 is a new organization developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. US2020 will be incubated within Citizen Schools through 2014.

Previously, Schwarz served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as Executive Director of City Year Boston, and as a Vice President at City Year. He also served as national student director for Gary Hart’s 1984 Presidential campaign and as a journalist and columnist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger, where he won two national awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

He has a forthcoming book to be published by Beacon Books in September 2014.  The book will be entitled, The Opportunity Equation: How Everyday Citizens are Combating the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools.

Schwarz earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont and his Masters in Education at Harvard University.