This spring, we wrote to let you know that Ravi Gupta had made the decision to step down in December from his role as RePublic’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). While we are sad to see Ravi go, we are incredibly grateful for his dedicated, visionary leadership over the past 6 years. Ravi leaves RePublic in a strong place, and we are excited about this organization’s very bright future.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wanted you to be among the first to know that after an extensive national search, the Board voted this past Tuesday to hire a new CEO. Jon Rybka comes to RePublic with over a decade of experience in education, most recently as a Program Officer with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) in Austin, Texas. In this role, Jon worked on the U.S. Education team’s expanding Quality Schools Options portfolio to support the creation of high quality schools of choice. Prior to his work at the foundation, Jon was a managing director at a turnaround CMO, Scholar Academies, and the Office of School Innovation in Washington, DC Public Schools where he led schools that were focused on arts integration, STEM, and world cultures. He also worked at the Children's Defense Fund where he led advocacy efforts on quality health care, early childhood programs, and equitable juvenile justice policies.
Jon is a graduate of Wake Forest University’s Master of Education program and has a bachelor’s degree from Denison University. He began his career in education as a high school teacher in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jon grew up in Tennessee, so he is thrilled to return home to serve students in the South.
We are confident in Jon’s ability to usher RePublic through the coming years and help us further realize our vision of reimagining public education in the South. When you meet him, you will see that Jon shares our passionate commitment to educational equity.
We hope you will join us in warmly welcoming Jon to the RePublic family. Jon will officially begin in January 2017. We are most grateful for your support and look forward to continued collaboration in service of our scholars.
Stewart Hood and Wood Caldwell
Board Members, RePublic Schools