Executive Director, CWCLA
Mark Kleger-Heine has spent the majority of his career in public education. He joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office in 2007 to help launch the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and has served as Chief Operating Officer since the organization was incorporated in 2008. The Partnership is one of the nation’s largest school turnaround initiatives and serves 14,000 students across 16 campuses in Watts, South LA and Boyle Heights. Prior to the Partnership, Mark was a management consultant for nearly four years with McKinsey & Company, where he counseled senior executives in nonprofit, government, advocacy and health care organizations on major strategic issues. During his tenure at McKinsey, Mark helped develop a strategic plan for Mayor Villaraigosa’s education initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, Mark was the Deputy Director of Project GRAD Los Angeles in the northeast San Fernando Valley. He also has worked in several community-based nonprofit organizations that collaborate with public schools, and he began his career teaching math to 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th graders in Brooklyn, New York. Mark graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Psychology. He is a graduate of the Broad Residency, received an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a concentration in Domestic Policy. He currently serves on the Boards of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center and The Oaks School.