Title and Organization:
Paul Herdman is president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, where he has been a leader in creating Student Success 2025, a nationally-recognized plan to create a world-class education system in Delaware. Prior to joining the foundation, Paul was a senior manager at New American Schools and conducted research for organizations such as the Brookings Institution, RAND, and The World Bank. Paul began his career in the 1980s as an educator working in various U.S. cities, South Africa, and Australia, serving students from kindergarten through high school. He co-founded a highly successful school-within-a-school based on an Outward Bound model in New York City and that work served as a beta site for a national model that is now in over one hundred US schools. In the 1990s, Paul served as a senior policy advisor for two governors in Massachusetts working to overhaul their public education systems. His innovative work in public policy has been recognized nationally from New Schools Venture Fund, Policy Innovation in Education, and Harvard University, among others. Paul received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Delaware and his master's and doctorate degrees in education administration and planning from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He lives with his wife and three children in Wilmington, Delaware.