Diane Tavenner


  • Achievement gap
  • Charter schools
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Demographics
  • Education technology
  • Low-income students
  • Personalized learning
  • Race and diversity
  • Teacher development

Diane Tavenner is the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, a charter management organization serving California and Washington state. Summit employs a personalized learning plan model, which leverages technology to connect students’ long-term goals to their daily actions and empowers them to own their learning. Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report have ranked Summit among the top public schools in the nation. In partnership with Facebook, Summit is currently working to scale personalized learning by making its Personalized Learning Plan Platform available to schools across the country for free. Tavenner serves as the board chair of the California Charter Schools Association and on the board of Transcend Education and The Primary School. She is a member of the spring 2013 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a fellow in the Broad Academy. Prior to Summit, Tavenner was a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools in California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California and a master’s in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.