Jonathan Raymond spent over four years running the public schools in Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City,” former foundation president, and life-long believer in putting children at the center of education. An outsider to education by trade (formerly a labor law attorney and non-profit leader) but a passionate advocate for equity and system-wide change, Raymond implemented bold initiatives to transform the school district around a vision that focused on supporting the whole child. Highlights included transforming some of the district’s poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the highest performing, raising graduation rates, expanding early education, summer learning programs, dual-language programs, college and career pathways, and introducing salad bars and healthier meals, and social and emotional learning to the curriculum. He most recently served as president of the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.
Equity is Empathy in Action
When we strive to give each child what they need, when we show them they matter and have a voice, when we position learning differences as normal, promote creativity, and reward collaboration and continuous improvement, outcomes for children improve.