Baltimore City Public Schools Names DeRay Mckesson as Interim Chief Human Capital Officer


DeRay Mckesson

Former Human Capital Special Assistant to Serve on Transition Team

By Bmorenews Staff

(BALTIMORE – June 29, 2016) – The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners tonight approved the appointment of DeRay Mckesson as the district’s Interim Chief Human Capital Officer, effective July 1. The appointment of Mr. Mckesson fills an important position in the transition team under incoming Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sonja B. Santelises, who also assumes her position on July 1.

“Our schools must be fully staffed and completely prepared for the first day of school,” Dr. Santelises said. “We have no time to waste. Every day in class is precious for our students, and every school must be ready to go when the opening bell rings. Mr. Mckesson has the hand-on experience, leadership skills, and energy to help us make that happen.”

Mr. Mckesson served in Baltimore City Public Schools as a Human Capital Specialist from August 2011 to February 2012, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Chief Human Capital Officer until December

2013, where he was responsible for coordinating and directing a broad range of human capital functions. He subsequently served as Senior Director for Human Capital at Minneapolis Public Schools from December 2013 until March 2015, where he led a number of significant initiatives and managed the overall implementation of the district’s Human Capital reform strategy. More recently he has played an active role as a local and national leader within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr. Mckesson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the New School.

Incoming Chief of Staff Alison Perkins-Cohen stated “Mr. Mckesson understands the complex challenges in the Human Capital Office, and he has proven himself to be an able and tireless administrator with strong leadership and organizational abilities.”

Ms. Perkins-Cohen added that over the coming months the district will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent Chief Human Capital Officer. “That person will benefit immensely from the foundation that Mr. Mckesson will be instrumental in setting between now and the fall,” she said.

Mr. Mckesson replaces Interim Chief Human Capital Officer Deborah Sullivan, who will return to her former position as Executive Director, Organizational Development. “We are deeply grateful to Deborah for her stewardship and dedication over the past nine months,” Ms. Perkins-Cohen said. “She has worked tirelessly under challenging circumstances to help raise our Human Capital Office to the highest standards of professionalism and customer service, and she has earned our commendation and sincere thanks.”