As Louisiana state superintendent of education since 2012, John White has worked to unify the state's fragmented early childhood system, modernize curriculum, professionalize the preparation of educators, provide pathways to prosperity for all high school graduates, and provide families with expansive school options. In 2012, he launched Louisiana Believes—the state's plan to ensure every child is on track to a college degree or professional career—which includes nationally recognized initiatives such as Early Childhood Networks, Louisiana Teacher Leaders, ELA Curriculum Guidebooks, the Believe and Prepare Teacher Residency, and Jump Start career education. Prior to his role, White served as superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, deputy chancellor for the New York City Department of Education, and executive director of Teach for America in both Chicago and New Jersey. 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 Chiefs for Change and is an academic visitor to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.