BASB Board Elects Boston’s Chief of Education and Superintendent

At its annual meeting today, Boston After School & Beyond’s Board of Directors elected two new members: Rahn Dorsey and Dr. Tommy Chang. Mr. Dorsey, in his capacity as the Mayor’s Chief of Education, will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Board of Directors also honored the great service of John McDonough and formally transitioned over to incoming BPS Superintendent Dr. Chang.

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Over the past two years, John McDonough has served as an active member of the BASB Board, contributing both as a thought partner and strong advocate of expanded learning opportunities. A true champion of the out-of-school field, Interim Superintendent McDonough will be deeply missed. We thank him for his commitment to the Board and look forward to working with Dr. Chang and Mr. Dorsey in years to come.

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Turahn Dorsey serves as the newly appointed Chief of Education for the City of Boston and is a member of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s cabinet.  As Chief of Education, Dorsey is charged with setting a strategic agenda for the city that will improve the quality of instruction and student support across the education pipeline and better integrate school-, community-, and work-based learning opportunities.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s cabinet, Mr. Dorsey served as Evaluation Director and an Education Program Officer at the Barr Foundation.  At Barr, Dorsey led the development and implementation of data monitoring and evaluation frameworks for Barr’s strategic investments in local education and climate change.  Additionally, he managed the Foundation’s giving in out-of-school time and focused on expanding summer learning options, helping to create systemic approaches to school-community partnerships and developing education and career pathways for disconnected youth.

Mr. Dorsey’s career is built on the 15 years he spent as a program evaluator and researcher at Moore and Associates in Southfield, MI and Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA.  In this capacity, he led and participated in research projects spanning a number of public policy, community change and public health related issues.  The body of work he contributed to for state and local governments, as well as foundations, also covers a number of quantitative and qualitative technical areas including outcome and impact analyses, Theory of Change-based program evaluation.

Finally, Mr. Dorsey has dedicated much of his volunteer time to systems innovation and improvement in education including serving as co-chair for the Boston Public Schools School Quality Working Group, co-chair for the Opportunity Agenda’s Summer Subgroup, co-chair of the Boston After School & Beyond Partnership Council, and a member of the External Advisory Committee on School Assignment.

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Tommy Chang is the Incoming Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Formerly, he served as the Local Instructional Superintendent, Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District where he oversees 135 schools and approximately 95,000 students.  Chang is charged with managing LAUSD’s best thinking and resources in schools doing the most challenging and innovative work.

Chang previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD. He is a former teacher and principal. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute and Teachers Education Program at UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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