Board approves Roosevelt to lead Pittsburgh Public School District
August 9, 2005
At its legislative meeting held July 27, Pittsburgh Public Schools' board members approved the selection of Mark Roosevelt, 49, known for his work to reform education, effective August 15.
“Mark Roosevelt has long been a champion of public education,” said William Isler, board president. “Mark's focus on the student as the primary reason to effect change, along with his positive track record for building bridges to gain broad-based support, greatly impressed the Board during the interview process.”
Roosevelt most recently worked as managing director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Previously, he was president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, a nonprofit economic development corporation working with government, academia and private organizations to start and attract medical companies.
He was elected four times to represent downtown Boston in the state legislature and served as House Chairman of its Education Committee. He has held public policy roles at Brandeis University that also focused on educational reform.
Roosevelt holds a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts from Harvard College. He is also a graduate from the Broad Superintendents Academy, an intensive executive management program designed to prepare traditional and non-traditional professionals to lead urban public school systems.