Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who brings shares his expertise to school districts and educational organizations across the country through his own consulting practice- Leading with Equity & Innovation. Most recently, he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Programs at Great Public Schools Now, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that invest in schools, organizations and initiatives that catalyze excellence in public education.
Dr. Chang has served many roles in public education. He was the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and a local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is former biology teacher and high school principal.
A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed.’s from the Principals Leadership Institute and the Teachers Education Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Chang is a fearless advocate for educational equity and for fostering safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students, including immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and court-involved students. He serves as a senior associate for FourPoint Education Partners and a senior advisor for Whiteboard Advisors. He sits on a number of boards including Families in Schools, a non-profit focused on parents and community engagement, Silicon Schools Fund, a non-profit that funds the creation of new schools in the Bay Area of California focused on innovation and personalization, and Leading Educators, a non-profit that partners with school systems to improve teaching and leadership.