Brad Stam

Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships

As Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships, Brad works with fellow senior staff members and the board to refine and implement Partners’ organizational strategy for national expansion. Brad brings a steadfast and passionate commitment to educational and social justice, and extensive experience as an urban public school teacher, school and district leader, and non-profit leader.

Prior to joining the Partners team, Brad served as Deputy Superintendent for Instruction in San Francisco Unified School District, where he undertook an aggressive effort to implement equity-focused continuous improvement efforts at every level of the system.

Before SFUSD, Brad served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ConnectEd, the National Center for College and Career. Brad focused on expanding the “linked learning” approach as an equity-based systemic reform in secondary education in districts across the nation.

Prior to working at ConnectEd, Mr. Stam served as Chief Academic Officer for Oakland Unified School District, leading dramatic academic improvement in the elementary and middle grades, and initiating a systemic linked learning approach to high school reform. During Mr. Stam’s tenure, Oakland USD saw dramatic gains in student achievement, far outpacing the state trends.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Stam served as Special Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of Teacher Affairs in San Francisco Unified, creating innovative and collaborative approaches to support teacher and principal effectiveness and organizational learning.

Mr. Stam has taught middle school, was a middle school vice principal and elementary school principal in San Francisco, and started his career developing and teaching project- and outcomes-based interdisciplinary curriculum at University Heights High School in the Bronx, New York. He brings expertise and practitioner experience in teaching and learning, assessment, urban school and district reform, and a lifelong passion for helping underprivileged youth improve their life options through quality education.

Mr. Stam earned his B.A. at Harvard University and his M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has lived in San Francisco for 27 years with his partner, Jack Millam.