Christopher N. Maher
Chris is the Executive Director of SSLF. He has served in the public education sector for more than two decades with a focus on improving opportunities for students in urban districts.
Prior to joining SSLF, Maher served for four years as Superintendent in Providence, where he focused on expanding rigorous programming for students, restructuring the district to reallocate more staff and resources to schools, and addressing issues of equity.
Maher also served the President of Mass Insight Education, a non-profit organization that works nationally on school improvement and district transformation. In that role, he worked closely with Superintendents, School Boards, and their teams to improve academic outcomes by creating better conditions for success in the lowest-performing schools and neighborhoods within districts.
Maher has worked in a number of different roles in his career in education, as a teacher, principal, district administrator, public school advocate, and in other leadership capacities. He has worked with local school districts and state agencies throughout the country to identify sustainable and scalable solutions to improve outcomes for all students.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Maher has participated in the Broad Academy, Harvard University's Public Education Leadership Program, Harvard University's By All Means Initiative, the College Board's National Superintendent's Advisory Committee, and other educational leadership roles.