Frank GettridgeExecutive Director, National Public Education Support Fund

Frank Gettridge is Executive Director of the National Public Education Support Fund. He is an educator who has dedicated his career working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families. A New Orleans native, Frank possesses over 25 years of experience in education, with impressive time and variety as an early childhood, elementary and high school teacher and administrator. Frank will bring his most recent experience as a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he oversaw the integration of national program strategies, and managed a team of officers and support staff to support the Foundation’s efforts to address issues of inequality, including creating the conditions that help vulnerable children to achieve. Frank elevated investments focusing on strengthening the teacher of color pipeline, transformative family engagement, and closing the 3rd grade achievement gap. Earlier in his career, Frank was a dedicated elementary school principal in the Chicago Public Schools. During Frank’s time at Clara Barton Elementary School, academic achievement, parent engagement and school enrollment increased, while discipline, suspension, and expulsion rates significantly decreased. In 2013 when the City of Chicago attempted one of the largest school closing plans in this country’s history, it was Frank’s leadership and collaboration with the local community and organizations that lead to the successful removal of Clara Barton from the closure list.

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