John White was named Louisiana state superintendent of education in January of 2012 and that year he launched Louisiana Believes, the state's plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a professional career. In the time since, White has worked to unify the state's early childhood system, to modernize expectations and curriculum for all students, to professionalize the preparation of educators, to provide pathways for all high school graduates, and to provide families with school options irrespective of financial means.
Prior to being named state superintendent, White served as superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, overseeing the nation's first system of publicly-funded charter and non-public schools in New Orleans and launching the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone.
White received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia and a master's in public administration from New York University. He serves as chairman of the independent nonprofit advocacy organization Chiefs for Change and is an academic visitor to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.