John B. King. Jr.
President and CEO, The Education Trust
John B. King, Jr., is the President and CEO of The Education Trust, a leading national nonprofit organization working to close long-standing opportunity and achievement gaps that separate too many low-income students and students of color from their peers in preschool through college. Under President Barack Obama, King served as the tenth U.S. Secretary of Education. As Secretary, King worked to advance excellence and equity for every student; support educators and elevate the teaching profession; and improve college access, affordability, and completion. Prior to serving as Secretary, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and the agency’s operations. King joined the Department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.