Andres A. Alonso serves as Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he received his doctorate as part of the former Urban Superintendents Program. Alonso teaches on urban and systemic reform, contributes to the Education Doctorate in Leadership Degree program, and co-chairs the Public Education Leadership Project.
Alonso served as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) for six years, where he led a reform effort marked by a rebalancing of authority and responsibility among stakeholders, the building of a coalition in support of City Schools, leading edge labor contracts, and a focus on individual students and teaching and learning. This yielded marked improvement in achievement and climate data across all levels, the first increases in enrollment in forty years, and widespread political and ground root support for what have been divisive reform strategies in other districts.
Before Baltimore, he was Chief of Staff and then Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning during the first phase of New York's Children First reforms. He spent twelve years as a teacher of English Language Learners and students with disabilities in Newark, New Jersey.
Alonso was born in Cuba, and emigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with his family, and went to public schools in Union City, NJ, before attending Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in New York City before changing course and becoming an educator.