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Executive Director Philadelphia, PA, US

Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (PASL) has selected Tracy Breslin as its next Executive Director, effective June 2018.

Tracy has nearly twenty years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Most recently, Tracy has been serving as a talent management consultant, working with a variety of urban school districts and state departments of education on human capital initiatives including school/principal leadership, principal supervisors, teacher effectiveness, educator evaluations, talent management, and more. Tracy also teaches an Education Leadership course at Columbia Business School.

Tracy spent two years working with Newark Public Schools on talent management policy and strategy. As Interim Chief Talent Officer, Tracy designed and led the district’s human capital reform agenda to ensure that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and leader in every school. She facilitated district-union negotiations leading to a breakthrough teacher contract including one of the nation’s first comprehensive performance-based compensation systems, peer observers in evaluations, and school empowerment and flexibility. Tracy also led teams to redesign educator evaluation, develop and implement new teacher and principal selection processes, redesign central Human Resources, create a new talent division, and institute a school-based strategic staffing system to promote mutual matches based on principal autonomy and educator choice.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Tracy worked at the New York City Department of Education. As the Executive Director of the Office of School Leadership, she led a team to recruit, select, train, and evaluate nearly 1,600 principals and 3,500 assistant principals. Previously, as the Director of School Leadership, Tracy coordinated programs to train and support aspiring and current school leaders. Prior to joining the NYC DOE, Tracy led recruitment and admissions at New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization focused on attracting and preparing outstanding school leaders. She also led organizational strategy, fund development, and talent identification to support the organization’s expansion.

Tracy launched her career in public education by evaluating and designing Universal Prekindergarten programs, working in after-school programs, and facilitating professional development for educators. Tracy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. She is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a two-year leadership program for senior managers in school systems.

Ericka Miller led this search with Jennifer Carignan.


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