Marshall Tuck believes in the power of public schools to change lives – and he’s spent the last 15 years working to make it happen.
As President of the nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools, Tuck helped create 10 new public charter high schools in some of LA’s poorest neighborhoods. All of them outperformed local schools – and 7 have been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.
In 2007, Tuck became the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Mayor’s office and LA Unified School District to operate 17 struggling elementary, middle, and high schools serving 15,000 students.
Under Tuck’s leadership, these schools raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60%, and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students. The Partnership launched the innovative Parent College, creating a national model for getting parents more involved in their kids’ education.
Tuck is currently an Educator-in-Residence at the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonprofit organization working with school districts to help develop and retain effective teachers and principals.
In 2014, Tuck ran an underdog campaign against the incumbent State Superintendent, forcing him into a run-off before narrowly losing. Tuck earned 2.9 million votes (48%).
Before devoting his career to helping students, Tuck was a senior leader at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Prior to that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally.
The son of a teacher, Tuck was born in Burlingame, CA and attended parochial elementary school and public middle and high schools. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard Business School, Tuck lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mae, and their son Mason.