FOCUS/INTEREST AREAS: Education, needy students, children, arts & culture
PROFILE: Since July 2014, Jonathan Raymond has led the Stuart Foundation as its president. He came from a strong background in education, as the former superintendent for Sacramento City Unified School District. Raymond’s bio on the Stuart Foundation’s website shares:
Jonathan Raymond is the President of the Stuart Foundation. Previously, Jonathan was Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in Sacramento, California’s 11th largest school district, from 2009-2013. SCUSD is an ethnically diverse, high-poverty urban district in which 75% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. While at SCUSD, he developed Strategic Plan 2010-14: Putting Children First, a new guiding roadmap built around the foundational pillars of career and college-ready students; family and community engagement; and organizational transformation. Under his leadership, SCUSD began implementing the new common core standards in 2011, redesigned high schools to expand career academies and pathways resulting in graduation rates going from 68% to 85% and the dropout rate plunging from over 23% to just under 6%. Jonathan also implemented Early Kinder, a two-year transitional kindergarten program aimed at ending the cycle of “start behind, stay behind," a Hmong language immersion program – the first of its kinds in CA, and expanded public Waldorf schools. During his tenure innovative partnerships with local colleges and employers where established to create a pathway from pre-K to graduate school called the Sacramento Pathways to Success, and partnerships to expand before, after and summer programs for youth. Mr. Raymond also signed a Compact with the district's charter school providers and joined a coalition of other districts in California to receive the only school district waivers to No Child Left Behind. Moreover, Jonathan worked with the community and passed two school construction bond measures. Jonathan credits his proudest accomplishments establishing seven Priority Schools - transforming Sacramento's poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the city's highest performing schools, and Project Green, a student led effort to make Sacramento's schools greener and healthier.
Prior to SCUSD, Jonathan served as Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where he led the implementation of a comprehensive accountability system. The system included school progress reports, a school quality review program, and a school improvement process to drive continuous improvement in schools for increased student learning and achievement. Jonathan also led the design and implementation of a world-class data dashboard aligned to the district’s strategic plan.
Jonathan was a Fellow in the Broad Superintendents Academy and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a Juris Doctorate from George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He earned a BA from Tufts University.