Director, United States Programs
- Middle schools
Patrick Montesano is the director of FHI 360’s United States Programs, the goal of which is to promote excellence and equity in education, health and safety, and workforce development throughout the U.S. He has over 30 years of experience leading the development, implementation, scaling and evaluation of initiatives in middle-grades and high school reform, postsecondary access and success, youth development and adolescent health, and other programs that address educational equity. He also formerly directed the Middle Start National Center, which promotes the reform of middle-grades education in schools, networks and districts through regional partnerships that have served over 250 schools in 10 states. Prior to this work, Montesano managed educational research and development at the New York Urban Coalition. He was also a developer of and teacher in an alternative middle school on New York City’s Lower East Side, which has since become a nationally replicated model of middle-grades education in over 60 schools. He holds masters’ degrees in curriculum and teaching and in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.