Joan Sullivan

Joan Sullivan is the CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. She previously served as Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor of Education, where she worked closely with the superintendent and school board to support the nation’s second-largest school district. She arrived in Los Angeles after spending more than a decade in the South Bronx as the founding principal of a high-poverty, high-performing public secondary school - the Bronx Academy of Letters - and as a high school social studies teacher. Before entering the classroom she worked on Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign, documenting her experiences in a memoir entitled An American Voter, published in 2002. She began her career working for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a New York City agency charged with investigating police misconduct. Joan holds a M.S. in School Leadership and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Yale College, where she earned All-American honors in lacrosse.

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