New on the Job

May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

This week OGF introduces the new president of KnowledgeWorks.

Brian Ross

Name
Brian Ross

Previous job
Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Bell

Why did you make the move?
I had been a member of the KnowledgeWorks Board of Directors since 2007.  KnowledgeWorks has a reputation of getting things done on the ground. I wanted to play a more active role in solving the country’s educational issues. KnowledgeWorks has highly effective high school redesign models in its New Tech Network and EdWorks subsidiaries. I believe that my business experience can be very helpful in expanding these models in a way that we can cost-effectively improve student success and make high school students far better career-and college-ready.

What do you hope to accomplish?
KnowledgeWorks needs to be seen as an innovative high school developer and advocate for wise education public policy that always keeps the best interest of children and their future at the forefront. I want to help KnowledgeWorks expand its national footprint through our high school subsidiaries, empowering our students to learn how to learn and compete in an increasingly competitive global environment.

What has surprised you so far?
Although our educational system has many great schools, it does not meet the needs of many of our kids and we as a society can’t afford the current cost. As I have taken a closer look at this situation it is pretty much what I had already known. What has surprised me the most is how grantmakers’ funding flows to attack these problems. Instead of funding organizations that are on the ground directly impacting student outcomes, many organizations are funding advocacy efforts and studies. If we don’t focus our dollars and energies on what is actually improving our schools, we may lose yet another generation of kids to underachievement, poverty and possibly incarceration.

What’s in your CD player?
One of my kid’s homemade playlists. I can’t tell you what is on it.

Last book you read
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael M. Lewis

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