Frank London Gettridge
May 2, 2019
Koya partnered with the National Public Education Support Fund in the search for its next Executive Director. The National Public Education Support Fund (NPESF) was created as part of the Leeds family of philanthropies, with a mission to promote the opportunity for all children to receive an excellent education from birth through college and career.
Our work resulted in the appointment of Frank London Gettridge.
Frank London Gettridge is an educator who has dedicated his career working to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children and families. A New Orleans native, Frank possesses over 25 years of experience in education logging in impressive time and variety as an early childhood, elementary and high school teacher and administrator. Prior to joining the National Public Education Support Fund as the Executive Director, Frank was a Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation overseeing the integration of national program strategies, and managing a team of officers and support staff to support WKKF’s efforts to address issues of inequality, including creating the conditions that help vulnerable children to achieve. Previously, as an Education Program Officer at WKKF Frank elevated investments focused on strengthening the teacher of color pipeline, transformative family engagement, and closing the 3rd grade achievement gap.
Before joining WKKF, Frank was a successful elementary school principal in the Chicago Public Schools. 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. 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.
Other prior experiences have also prepared Frank for his role at NPESF. As a National Head Start Fellow, Frank spent a year in Washington, DC working in the Office of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies providing support in the development and implementation of long-term quality improvement initiatives in early childhood education. Additionally, as a doctoral student at the University of Southern California’s Global Executive Doctor of Education (Global EdD) program, Frank spent two years examining large scale improvements across educational systems from around the world, including Finland, Doha Qatar, and Hong Kong.
In addition to earning his Doctor in Global Education from the University of Southern California, Frank also holds a master’s degree in child development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
Read the press release: NPESF welcomes Frank L. Gettridge as new Executive Director.