Freddy Gonzalez is head of Transcend Institute. In this role, he is responsible for spearheading the vision and strategy for a world-class training and development platform that will build the capacity of education innovators across the country to lead, participate in, and support successful school design journeys.
Prior to this, he spent over 17 years at KIPP as a teacher, principal, and network-wide leader. Most recently, he was the chief academic and talent systems officer at the KIPP Foundation, where he led K-8 Academics and the Network Talent Teams. While at the KIPP Foundation, he helped grow the network from 60,000 to 120,000+ students. Through the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) cohorts and leadership coaching, he supported the development of over 1,100 leaders and helped open nearly 100 new KIPP schools. In 2020, he launched an early literacy initiative based on the science of reading research that resulted in a 28-percentage point increase in literacy rates, outperforming national averages. During his seven years as a principal, KIPP Austin College Prep earned “Recognized” or “Exemplary” state ratings and earned distinctions in all possible categories. Prior to this time at KIPP, Freddy was the lead counselor at the Settlement College Readiness Program in New York City, where he supported the college application process for students at schools in Harlem, East Harlem, and the South Bronx.
Freddy is currently on the board of EdFuel, National Fellowship for Black and Latino Male Educators, and on the advisory board for Greenhouse E3. He’s a proud first-generation college student who earned his master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Freddy lives in Austin, Texas.