Greg Jobin-Leeds is the Co-Founder and Board of Director Emeritus – Access Strategies Fund.
He has made a career out of launching and nurturing successful, high-impact social change organizations. His talent for recruiting effective leaders and encouraging their efforts to break new ground has led to milestone victories for the nation’s historically underserved children and most under-represented families.
Greg is a Co-Founder, Chair of the Board and first President of the award winning Schott Foundation for Public Education. Under Greg’s leadership, Schott began funding the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) in 1993 and later helped found the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). Through litigation, legislation, media and grassroots organizing, both organizations’ efforts led to winning $7.4 billion for high-need New York schools to improve teacher effectiveness, early education and resources. Schott won the Council of Foundation’s 2007 Critical Impact Award for this victory.
In 2006, Schott began publishing the report, “The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males” which has created a groundswell of support for reforming public education. In 2008, Schott launched the Opportunity to Learn Campaign to build a national movement to close the opportunity gap in public education. Schott helped organized grassroots and religious groups across the country around the opportunity to learn framework.
Greg has helped launch:
- The Partnership for Democracy and Education whose mission is to nurture the systemic shifting of political power to constituencies and leaders who support an inclusive, educated society.
- Access Strategies Fund,which has played a leading role in closing the racial gap in voter turnout in targeted communities and overturning racially unjust gerrymandered districts which has led to progressive leaders of color being elected.
- The 501(c) (4) Education Voters of America that creates the political will to transform the nation’s public education system by holding public officials accountable for serving the needs of all children.
- The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a leading high school redesign organization, with tremendous student outcomes.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education — now a highly effective national advocate for public high school policy.
- The CMP Media Foundation, and served on the corporate board of CMP Media
Greg currently serves on committees of six investment portfolios with particular interest in mission related investing. In 2007, Greg was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the Massachusetts’ Readiness Project Leadership Council, specifically as a member of the Long-term Funding subcommittee. As the son of immigrants who escaped Nazi persecution, Greg lives the commitment of fighting for fairness and social justice. He is driven by the fundamental belief that excellence is the result of inclusion not exclusion. Greg has a Master’s degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and more than 25 years of education, public policy, media, community organizing and leadership experience. He often speaks and writes on the topics of Strategic Philanthropy, Organizational Development and Transformational Movement Building.