Jody Spiro, Wallace’s director of education leadership, began working at the foundation as a senior program officer in 2002. Her career as a senior educator and manager of education programs has spanned the private, public, nonprofit and international sectors. Her areas of specialization include leadership, facilitating active learning and systemic change processes. Previous positions have included: director of education at the Education Development Center’s New York office of global learning; executive director of the Soros Foundations for the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and the Baltic States; university planning officer and secretary of the board of trustees at Long Island University; senior assistant to the New York City schools chancellor; director of principals’ professional development at the New York City Board of Education; and second vice president for professional development at Chase Manhattan Bank.
For many years, Spiro has also served as adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaching courses in strategic management, the management of change and international non-governmental organizations. She holds her doctorate in adult and higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. She is the author of the Leading Change Step-by-Step: Tactics, Tools, and Tales (2011, Jossey-Bass) and High Payoff Strategies: How Education Leaders Get Results (2015, Jossey-Bass).