Cami Anderson

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Los Angeles
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New Jersey
Peter Jennings Award

Cami Anderson is a change agent with over 20 years of experience as a chief executive of organizations dedicated to equity. Her lifelong passion for combatting racism, ableism, sexism, and other destructive isms has guided her career and personal endeavors. Most recently, she served as a Superintendent of schools for nearly 10 years, first overseeing Alternative High Schools and Programs serving 90K young adults in NYC and then supporting 45K pre-K-12 students in Newark. She’s also worked with diverse organizations, leaders and politicians to reform education, adoption and foster care, juvenile justice, and gender equity. She co-founded ROADS -- a network of charter high schools dedicated to court-involved youth and gave a TedEx talk on this pioneering work. 

Anderson received the 2008 Peter Jennings Award for creating a culture of achievement and accountability in New York City’s District 79, which serves the city’s alternative education students. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from Harvard. In addition to being one of the most recognized leaders in urban education reform, Anderson is a mother, sister to eleven (nine adopted because many were deemed “hard to place”), and daughter to two amazing advocates. She’s a lifelong athlete who’s been involved in Title IX, spent over twenty years in theatre, and is widely published on topics ranging from leadership to equity.