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Dr. Nancy B. Gutiérrez is President & CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and developing school and school system leaders to dismantle inequities in schools and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive. Since 2003, the NYC Leadership Academy has supported leaders in over 200 school systems across 36 states, Washington, D.C., and internationally.
Nancy joined the NYC Leadership Academy in 2014 and has served as Vice President of District Leadership, and Chief Strategy Officer. She was named President & CEO in July 2018. She is a Fall 2019 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.
Nancy began her career as a teacher and principal in her home community of East San Jose, CA, where she was the founding principal of Renaissance Academy, the highest performing middle school in the district and a California Distinguished School. Nancy also led the successful effort to turn around the district’s lowest performing middle school. She was named the UC Davis Rising Star and Association of California School Administrator’s Region 8 Middle School Principal of the Year in 2010. Prior to her tenure with the Leadership Academy, Nancy launched a program for executive leadership advancement for the NYC Department of Education that led to superintendent certification.
Nancy is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Ed.L.D. program and is a graduate of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Aspiring Superintendents Academy. She served on the board of the Coalition of Essential Schools. She is an instructor at NYU and frequently teaches at the Harvard Principals’ Center institutes for School Turnaround Leaders, Urban School Leaders, and Race, Equity, Access, and Leadership. Nancy is a member of the Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) Board of Directors and serves on the Latinos for Education teaching team.