As we set out to reflect on our first 20 years, we asked you to nominate Extraordinary Citizens: people who have made our last two decades possible, and whose work will inspire us through 20 more.
Now, It’s Time to recognize them. We selected our first batch, a group of 20 Extraordinary Citizens, who have worked tirelessly to help us reimagine public education and reach millions of low-income students across the country. With your help, we’re thrilled to announce this list of visionaries, supporters, teachers, education leaders, students, and partners.
The list includes our founders, who first said It’s Time to involve every citizen we can as we strive to close the opportunity gap for students. It includes national supporters who believe that It’s Time to invest in actualizing the dreams of our students. It includes Citizen Teachers and AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, who know It’s Time to invest in bringing real-world skills to tens of thousands of students.
We’re grateful for the role they’ve played in supporting our mission. They represent the thousands of Extraordinary Citizens who have made our first 20 years possible. Through our entire 20th anniversary season, we’ll continue to shine a light on others like them. Thank you for being a part of this community.
Andrew Balson, Citizen Schools Board Chair 2006-2014 and CEO, Match Beyond
Alex Belous, Education Portfolio Manager, Cisco Foundation, Cisco Public Benefit Investments
Anne Bowie, Citizen Teacher and Public Service Manager, WilmerHale
Marsha Feinberg, Citizen Schools Board Chair 1996-2001, Founder and CEO, Beacon Academy Cisco Bill Joyce, Citizen Teacher, Fidelity Investments
Tony Kingsley, Chairman, Biogen Foundation
Woodrow McCutchen, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Tulaine Montgomery, Citizen Schools Founding Staff Member, Partner, New Profit Inc.
Sherif Nada, Citizen Schools Board Chair, 2001-2006, Retired President, Fidelity Brokerage Group
Nicole Perdue, Of Counsel, Perdue & Kidd, L.L.P, Citizen Schools Texas Advisory Board Chair Board
Ned Rimer, Faculty Director, Health Sector Management Program, Lecturer & Executive in Residence, School of Management, Boston University, Citizen Schools Co-Founder
MacCalvin Romain, Citizen Schools Student Alumnus 2000-2003, Senior Technology Analyst, DigitasLBI
Yaritza Sanchez, Citizen Schools Student Alumna, McCormack Middle School, 2007-2010; Stonehill College, Class of 2018
Steven Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Cognizant
Eric Schwarz, Citizen Schools Co-Founder and former CEO
Moriska Selby, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow Alumna, Citizen Schools Campus Director and Managing Director of Programs in Massachusetts; Education Leadership Doctoral Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
Larry Summers, Citizen Schools Board Chair 2014-present, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University
Megan Webb, Citizen Schools Campus Director, 2007-2013, Principal, Orchard Gardens K-8 School
John Werner, Citizen Schools Founding Staff Member, Head of Innovation and New Ventures, Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab