Eric Schwarz

Co-Founder, Citizen Schools, Executive Chairman, US2020

Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder of Citizen Schools and the Executive Chairman of US2020. Citizen Schools a leading education nonprofit that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children. The organization has been recognized as a national example by the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and others for its path-breaking results, which have eliminated and even reversed achievement gaps in academic proficiency and on-time high school graduation. US2020 is a new organization formed through partnerships between education non-profits and corporate leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Schwarz is the author of Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities, and the co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning. Schwarz wrote a chapter, Calling All Citizens, in the recently published best-selling book, Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools.

Previously, Schwarz served as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University and Vice President at City Year. He also served as a journalist and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Schwarz earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont and his Master’s in Education at Harvard University.