Bob Schwartz is a Professor-in-Residence at JFF with a primary affiliation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He joined the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1996, where he has served, successively, as lecturer, professor of practice, academic dean, Francis Keppel Professor in Educational Policy and Administration, and senior research fellow.
Prior to joining the HGSE faculty, Professor Schwartz served in a variety of roles in education: high school teacher and principal; education advisor to the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts; assistant director of the National Institute of Education; executive director of The Boston Compact; and education program director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1997–2002, Schwartz served as founding president of Achieve, Inc., a nonprofit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help improve performance in US schools.
His most recent book, co-edited with Amy Loyd, is Career Pathways in Action: Case Studies from the Field (2019). He has also authored or contributed to several other Harvard Education Press volumes, including Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy: Lessons from Four Countries (2019) and Learning for Careers: The Pathways to Prosperity Network (2017). In 2011, he co-authored an influential report calling for more attention to career and technical education, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. He is currently co-leading Pathways to Prosperity at JFF, a national network of states and regions that was formed in 2012 to act upon the analysis and recommendations outlined in the Pathways report.