Dave Levin

KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin

From teacher, to principal, to Executive Director, Dave has taken on many roles since co-founding KIPP in 1994. Dave currently works with KIPP leaders on instructional innovation, leadership development, and teacher training.

Throughout his career, Dave has been awarded: The Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hero Award, an Ashoka Fellowship, the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize, a national service award from Spelman College, Honorary degrees from Duke and Yale University; and the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen.

Outside of KIPP, Dave co-founded three organizations: Relay Graduate School of Education, the Character Lab, and Zearn. Dave lives in New York City with his wife, two sons, and two labs, Bubbles and Rocket.

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