Michael Casserly
Executive Director


  • Federal policy
  • Urban education

Michael Casserly has served as executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools since January 1992. Previously, he was the organization’s director of legislation and research. As head of the urban school group, Casserly unified big-city schools nationwide around a vision of reform and improvement; led the nation’s largest urban school districts to volunteer for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); guided the organization to be the first national education membership group to call for the Common Core State Standards; initiated a technical assistance program to improve urban education; directed the development of public education’s first performance management system; and led the first national study of common practices among the nation’s fastest improving urban school districts. He has been called a “crusader for urban schools” by USA Today. Casserly is a U.S. Army veteran and holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.