Robert Runcie is the interim leader of Chiefs for Change and a chief-in-residence for the network. He oversees staff and day-to-day operations and provides coaching and thought partnership to members of the network and participants in the Future Chiefs leadership development program.
As the former superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Runcie led the nation’s sixth-largest district, with more than 260,000 students and 35,000 employees, and he oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion.
He has blended his two decades of private sector technology, management consulting, and entrepreneurship experience with 18 years of leadership in urban public schools to deliver innovation, organizational, and systems change, and improved student outcomes.
Runcie is nationally recognized for his expertise in communications, technology and innovation, crisis management, enterprise risk management, and for building effective leadership teams.
Runcie has been recognized as Superintendent of the Year by Florida Association of District School Superintendents; National Alliance of Black School Educators; Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents; and Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.
He serves on boards for several other national and local organizations, including the United Way of Broward County, Urban League of Broward County, Code.org, and National Education Equity Lab.
Runcie knows first-hand how a high-quality education can transform a person’s life. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States as a young boy and became the first in his family to finish high school and graduate from college, earning his bachelor’s from Harvard College and his master's from Northwestern University.
He later founded a management and technology consulting company and held several strategic leadership positions with Chicago Public Schools.