Program Profiles
Jean-Claude Brizard

Current Title
Senior Advisor and Deputy Director
Current Organization
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Regional Superintendent
Previous Organization
New York City Department of Education
Previous Organization Sector
School District

The Broad Academy 2007


Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or class, must have the opportunity to achieve in great schools with extraordinary teachers and world-class content. There is no greater challenge facing our educational system today than the achievement gap, and nowhere is it more pronounced than in our urban school districts. We must make every effort to close this gap. We owe this to our children and we must hold ourselves accountable for their success.

Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, Jean-Claude Brizard served the students of New York City for more than two decades as an educator and administrator in the city’s public schools, which he attended. He began his career as an instructor at Rikers Island. As superintendent of Rochester City School District, he established the district’s first program to offer high schoolers the opportunity to earn college credit simultaneously. Later, as superintendent in Chicago, he made direct engagement with teachers and the community a hallmark of his leadership.

Current Title
Senior Advisor and Deputy Director
Current Organization
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Regional Superintendent
Previous Organization
New York City Department of Education
Previous Organization Sector
School District