Kenneth Zeff serves as Interim Superintendent of Fulton County Schools. He was unanimously appointed to the position in June 2015 by the school board, and before that was the district's Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer.
Zeff joined Fulton County Schools in 2012 as the leader of its Strategy and Innovation Division. In that role he provided direction for the development and execution of the school system's overall strategy for improving student achievement. Departments under that division include School Governance and Flexibility, Start-up Charter Schools, Grant Development, Accountability, Research and Program Evaluation, and the Fulton Education Foundation.
The division also oversees two of Fulton County Schools' main focuses – execution of the strategic plan and implementation of the charter system model. Granted by the Georgia Department of Education in 2012, the charter model is a governance framework that provides an authentic decision-making role for teachers, parents, community members and students. Charter system status provides the district more flexibility from many one-size-fits-all state education requirements and supports schools in developing innovative strategies that support their students' unique needs.
Previously Chief Operating Officer of Green Dot Public Schools, an award-winning charter management organization in Los Angeles, Zeff is experienced in leading school systems with an emphasis on local control. In addition, he has served as a senior consultant for policy development with the U.S. Department of Education and as a special assistant to the deputy superintendent of San Diego City Schools. He also has served as a White House Fellow in the President's Office of Management of Budget.
Zeff holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He and his wife have three school-aged children.