Josh Edelman (Chair) serves as the Deputy Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s K-12 team within the US Program, focused on increasing the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to attain a credential with labor market value.
Before becoming a Deputy Director, Josh was a Senior Program Officer on the K-12 team supporting efforts to prepare students for college and career success in Tennessee and Florida.
Previous to this “state lead” role at Gates, Josh oversaw the 7-year, 90M investment in teacher effectiveness in the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools. He was also the lead program officer developing knowledge about principal leadership for 11 districts/CMOs.
Before Gates, Edelman served as the Deputy Chief of School Innovation for DC Public Schools, the Executive Officer of the Office of New Schools at Chicago Public Schools, the principal of The SEED School, and the founder and executive Director for RISE (Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment), a youth development program targeted at African-American youth.
Edelman has ten years of social studies teaching experience, a Bachelor’s degree in American history from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in educational administration with an administrative credential, also from Stanford University.