Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS), a non-profit charter management organization focused on Silicon Valley. SPS opens and operates high performing public charter high schools and works with communities and parents to ensure that every child has access to a rigorous, college preparatory public school education.
In 2003, Diane founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City. Today, Summit Prep is ranked by Newsweek as one of 10 miracle high schools in the nation that is transforming student lives. 100% of Summit's graduates exceed the entrance requirements for the UC/CSU system and 97% of the graduates have been accepted to at least one four year college.
Prior to launching Summit Prep, Diane spent ten years as a public school teacher, administrator and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. Diane was a part-time professor at Loyola Marymount University, and is a frequent guest speaker in the Stanford University School of Education.
Diane has a MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California.
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