Evergreen National Education Prize

Judge Committee Bios

The faces evaluating the applicants

John Deasy


Superintendent Oakland PSD, Former LAUSD SuperIntendent

Dr. John E. Deasy currently is the Superintendent of schools for the Stockton Unified Public Schools in Stockton CA. Prior to the he has lead several ventures. He is currently the Board Chair and former CEO of Reset: New Day, New Year, which is an alternative prison for young men 18-25 in the Bay Area of California. He has also been the Editor-In-Chief of The Line. The Line is a magazine dedicated to civil discourse in dealing with the most pressing matters for those on the front lines of social justice, entrepreneurship, and education. You can visit at TheLineK12.org. John has also served as a Superintendent consultant for the Broad Center and facilitated work in the Broad Academy while coaching a number of current and emerging national education leaders. John has maintained a management consulting practice and is active on a number of boards including: College Summit, UnboundED, Cambiar, and also serves on numerous advisory boards. John is also an Aspen Fellow from the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Institute’s fellowship of entrepreneurs in education and is a moderator for the Institute.

John earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Providence College and a Doctorate from The University of Louisville in Kentucky. John has taught at numerous universities and speaks frequently at State and national events and conferences.

John led dramatic improvements in each school district that he served as superintendent which propelled student achievement, high school graduation rates, and access rates to high quality courses and schools to historic levels, while simultaneously reducing suspension and drop out rates in each district he served as the leader. Most recently, Dr. Deasy was superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he championed a “youth first” agenda credited with reversing the district’s school- to- prison pipeline, raising achievement and helping more students graduate ready for college and the workplace than at anytime in the District’s history. John also served as superintendent in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District in California and Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island. Deasy was also former superintendent of the year, high school principal, and teacher.

John is a visionary leader and a highly successful executive and coach for new executives. He leads with integrity and strong moral character He relentlessly pushes against the status quo in service to all youth, but especially those who live in circumstances of poverty and those who have been historically marginalized. John has a noted and remarkable ability to make connections with youth and families and communities of color while driving results and building strategies for long term improvement. He is unapologetic in his pursuit of equity and justice for all students.

Elise Grinstead