Joseph Olchefske serves as Chief Executive Officer of Springboard Education in America. Joseph has been a leader in the educational community for over twenty years, holding significant executive positions in for-profit, non-profit and public sector educational institutions. He previously served as President of three different companies in the K-12 learning marketplace and as Managing Director of the School District Consulting Practice at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Joseph also served as Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools from 1998 to 2003; as SPS Superintendent, he served as the leader of a public-school system with 47,000 students, 100 schools, 4,500 teachers and an annual operating budget of $435 million. Joseph began his career at the investment firm Piper Jaffray, where he spent 12 years as an investment banker in the firm’s public finance department.
In addition to his other professional roles, Joseph serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education where he teaches graduate level courses focused on instructional leadership. He also served on the Board of the Education Industry Association (EIA) for seven years including two years as Chair of the EIA Board.
Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He has been married to his wonderful wife Judy for 31 years and they have one daughter, India, who also graduated from the University of Chicago and is now a professional ballerina in California.