North America, United States
John Alford 2007 Global Fellow
Reinvent New Orleans' existing failed public schools as high-functioning charter schools that prepare all students for college.
John Alford is the former director of NOLA 180, and currently serves as the Senior Director of Turnaround at the New York City Department of Education. Having grown up in a housing project community in Brooklyn, New York, John has firsthand knowledge of the systemic problems plaguing large urban public school systems. He first set foot in New Orleans in 2004, when he opened the first KIPP school in the city. He served as National Director of Trailblazing for the KIPP Foundation, leading its expansion from two schools in 2001 to forty-six in 2005. John graduated from North Carolina A&T State University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.