Tommy Chang, Ed.D.

CEO, New Teacher Center

Dr. Tommy Chang is the CEO of New Teacher Center, a national organization that works to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness. He has over 25 years of educational leadership experience in schools, districts and non-profits.

Dr. Chang has served many roles in public education. He was the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and a local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is former biology teacher and high school principal. He has also served as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Programs at Great Public Schools Now, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that invests in schools, organizations and initiatives that catalyze excellence in public education.

A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed.’s from the Principals Leadership Institute and the Teachers Education Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chang is a fearless advocate for educational equity and for fostering safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students, including immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and court-involved students. He sits on a number of boards including Families in Schools, a non-profit focused on parents and community engagement, Silicon Schools Fund, a non-profit that funds the creation of new schools in the Bay Area of California focused on innovation and personalization, and Leading Educators, a non-profit that partners with school systems to improve teaching and leadership.