Thomas Maridada

Thomas Maridada is President and CEO of BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools, a bold effort to recruit and train proven leaders from varied professions and place them where we most need our best and brightest—in high-poverty public schools struggling with low achievement. Maridada is a world-class educator who over the course of a 25-year career has raised academic achievement and created a brighter future for thousands of young people. Previously, he served as National Director of Education Policy, Practice and Strategic Initiatives for the Children's Defense Fund and as Superintendent of the Pontiac School District and Inkster Public Schools both in Michigan. He was named the 2008 Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Administrators.

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