Over the course of fifteen years leading the foundation, Tony has pushed for innovation and improvement at the school, district, and state level. Prior to serving in this role, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco and more recently for the Colorado Outward Bound School, an experience he says shaped his approach to the world. He earned his B.S. in forest management science from Colorado State University and holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Denver. Tony serves on a number of boards and advisory boards, including the Governor-appointed Charter School Institute board and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs, dZi Foundation, Education Cities, and America Succeeds.
Tony is the visionary behind Reschool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched in 2013 to create an entirely new education system. He spends much of his time engaging a variety of people in this vision and making the case for bold change in system design. At the same time, Tony continues to invest in a variety of systems-level work in our current education system. He explores creative approaches to governance, finance, and accountability, and frequently participates in national conversations on these topics. Tony helps his staff and others in the education community move beyond traditional paradigms, and advocates tirelessly for a learner-centered approach to education change.