Eric Schwarz   Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation

Eric Schwarz

Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation

Eric Schwarz

Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation, which incorporated in July 2015. Eric is also Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools. 

Schwarz is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Opportunity Equation, published by Beacon Press in 2014, the co-editor of The Case For 21st Century Learning, a 2006 book published by Jossey Bass, and the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “Calling All Citizens” in The New York Times best-selling Waiting For Superman, published in 2010 by Public Affairs. 

Prior to starting Citizen Schools in 1995, Schwarz served as vice president of City Year, the national service program, and as a journalist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is a member of the board of Beyond12, an organization focused on college completion for first-generation college students, and of Citizen Schools, and chair of the board of US2020, a national STEM mentoring initiative launched at the White House. Schwarz is a past board member of First Night, The Breakthrough Collaborative, Do Something, and the Harvard Outward Bound Project. He graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A.) in 1983 and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M. Ed) in 1997. Schwarz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children.