Patrick Dobard

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Patrick is a native Louisianian and lifelong educator whose career began in the classroom. Once referred to as “a silent force in the state education realm," Patrick served as the Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) from 2012 to 2017, where he oversaw the school district’s conversion to the nation’s first all-charter school district. Under his leadership, the RSD made significant progress in transforming the most chronically low performing schools in Louisiana—nearly eliminating failing schools in New Orleans.

He currently serves as CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit organization that champions, develops, and funds programs that values educational equity and a quality education for all children. During his tenure, NSNO has raised more than $72 million for schools and has helped bring hundreds of new teachers to the city’s schools. 

In addition to being an educational consultant and conference speaker, Patrick also hosts a local radio show entitled “Talking NOLA Schools.” As a way to give back to aspiring educators, Patrick created a mentoring group, "Young, Educators and Black", where he freely shares his insights and expertise with nascent leaders.

Patrick Dobard, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board Member

Secretary of the Board

CEO, New Schools for New Orleans