Para Los Niños announced today the appointment of Vice President and Schools Superintendent Drew Furedi, EdD, as President & CEO. Furedi will succeed departing CEO Martine Singer and will assume the post on November 1, 2016.
In his new role, Furedi leads a team of more than 400 professionals, serving more than 6,000 of the city’s most impoverished children and their families through three charter schools, six early education centers, a range of mental health and social services, and extensive community outreach and parent engagement programs.
“The appointment of Drew Furedi as President & CEO builds on our work to continue anchoring our wrap around services through our innovative educational model—a driving force behind our top-class social services and the future of philanthropy in Los Angeles,” said Board President Marjorie Lewis. “The board is confident that Drew will provide the intelligent leadership, vision and commitment to excellence in all we do.”
Furedi brings more than 20 years of experience working in and managing school systems and nonprofits with multi-million dollar federal, state and privately funded budgets. Prior to his role as Vice President and Schools Superintendent, he spent over half a decade in various leadership roles within the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he oversaw human capital strategies and ran a division of over 100 people responsible for developing and providing training and support for the 1,200+ district administrators and some 30,000 teachers throughout the district.
“I am grateful to our board for this opportunity and the many people we serve at Para Los Niños for giving me this privilege,” said Drew Furedi, EdD. “I firmly believe in our mission to empower impoverished children and their families– and I look forward to fortifying every facet of our organization’s commitment to service.”
A Native New Yorker, Drew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California- Santa Barbara, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from USC and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.