Robert Avossa is a chief in residence at Chiefs for Change. He provides coaching, advising, and thought partnership to fellow members of our network and participants in our Future Chiefs leadership development program.

The former superintendent of The School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, Dr. Avossa led the 10th-largest school district in the nation. During his tenure and for the first time in nearly a decade, Palm Beach County had no “F” rated schools and earned an overall district rating of A from the Florida Department of Education.

Prior to Palm Beach, Dr. Avossa served as superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Georgia from 2011 to 2015, overseeing 96,000 students across 101 schools. During his time as chief, graduation rates increased from 70 to 85 percent, and dropout rates decreased from 24 to less than 12 percent.

Dr. Avossa’s experience also includes roles as an executive leader, a principal, and a teacher.