Jon Schnur
Executive Chairman, Co-founder


  • Education law
  • Teacher quality
  • Urban education

Jon Schnur is executive chairman and co-founder of America Achieves – a national nonprofit organization supporting high impact initiatives to raise the bar in education and help young people succeed in a changing world. Schnur was also the founding CEO of New Leaders – a national nonprofit organization ensuring high achievement for all children by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great school leaders to succeed. Schnur also advises philanthropists seeking to improve education, including Bloomberg Philanthropies. Schnur was a senior advisor to President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and presidential transition team as well as to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He has also served as President Bill Clinton’s White House associate director for educational policy, senior policy advisor on education to Vice President Al Gore, and special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. He is a board member of New Leaders as well as Be the Change and its Opportunity Nation initiative to increase economic mobility in America. Schnur is also an active PTA member at the Edgemont School in Montclair, N.J.