Jonathan Schorr is a communications and strategy consultant who has provided guidance and writing to some of the nation’s leading education leaders, nonprofits and school systems. Jonathan served in the Obama Administration as Communications Director and Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In that role, he was chief communications advisor to the Secretary of Education, and oversaw a 106-member team responsible for the Department’s messaging, media relations, speech writing, public engagement, intergovernmental affairs, web and digital strategy, photography and video, publications, and recognition programs for schools and students.
Previously, Jonathan served as Partner and Chief of Staff at NewSchools Venture Fund, and as Director of New Initiatives at the KIPP network of schools. Jonathan has worked as an author, journalist and teacher, writing the critically acclaimed book Hard Lessons: The Promise of an Inner-City Charter School and serving as an education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. His education articles also have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Education Week and other publications. His writing has won numerous awards, including a national education writers award. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.