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.
Most recently, as Educator-in-Residence Tuck directed various school improvement efforts with the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonprofit organization working with school districts to help develop and retain effective teachers and principals. NTC has supported 166,000 teachers since 2012.
Prior to that, Tuck was the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Mayor’s office and LA Unified School District which operates 18 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.
Before joining the Partnership, Tuck was the president of the nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools, where he helped create 10 new public charter high schools in some of LA’s poorest neighborhoods. All of them outperformed local schools – and 8 have been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.
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 almost 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.
The New Teacher Center (NTC) seeks to improve student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders.
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the United States. They manage 18 Los Angeles Unified schools serving approximately 14,500 students in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Watts.
Green Dot Public Schools creates small, successful public schools to help ensure all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. Green Dot has proven it can improve outcomes for low-income, high-risk youth, by building new schools, and through turnaround efforts, and in partnership with a unionized workforce.