Senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund
New Orleans, Louisiana
Neerav Kingsland is the senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund. He has been an advocate for education in the New Orleans area since he moved there at age 18 to attend Tulane University. He was part of the founding team, and eventually became CEO, of New Schools for New Orleans. In this role, he helped build the nation’s first school system where over 90 percent of students attend charter schools. As a result of this structural transition, New Orleans students are achieving at the highest levels in decades. A recent study found these reforms to have achieved a .2-.4 effect size, an effect previously unseen in city-based reform. Yet, despite this growth, the school system is far from excellent.