Stefan Lallinger is the executive director of Next100, a think tank that is redefining how policy development is done by putting those closest to and most impacted by policy in the driver’s seat of change. As a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and director of TCF’s Bridges Collaborative, he recruited more than fifty school districts and housing organizations that collectively serve more than 3 million students and families to join the inaugural Bridges cohort of leaders combating segregation in schools and neighborhoods. As a senior fellow, he has written on issues of racial and socioeconomic integration, equity, school governance, and district–charter relations. Dr. Lallinger also teaches courses on policy and desegregation at American University.
Dr. Lallinger previously worked as a special assistant to Chancellor Richard Carranza in the New York City Department of Education working on agency policy and strategy. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he studied integration and school district leadership. At Harvard, he received a fellowship with the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) Project, coordinated the Education Redesign Lab’s By All Means Initiative in the Mayor’s Office in Providence, Rhode Island, and facilitated professional learning for some of the nation’s largest districts with the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) held at Harvard Business School.
Prior to graduate school, Dr. Lallinger led Langston Hughes Academy, a Pre-K through eighth grade open-enrollment school in the Recovery School District in post-Katrina New Orleans, where he served as principal, assistant principal and teacher for nine years. Before moving to New Orleans, he coordinated a boys mentoring program in Providence, Rhode Island. Inspired by his grandfather Louis Redding, a civil rights lawyer, Stefan has been a fierce advocate for integration and equity throughout his career. He also serves on the board of Partners in Opportunity, an innovative housing mobility program.
He holds BAs in political science and development studies from Brown University, an MA in history from the University of New Orleans, and a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University.