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Josh Drake, Interim Vice President, Program

Josh Drake currently serves as the Vice President of Program (interim) with responsibility for the leadership and management of the Program Team. Rocketship’s Program Team includes all components of Rocketship’s academic model as well as service to special populations and our communities. In this role, Mr. Drake is responsible for developing the vision for the program model and the role of the Program Team in its support for schools and regions in order to ensure that Rocketship’s network, regions, schools, and program team are on track to meet their annual goals.

Previously, Mr. Drake worked for Denver Public Schools for seven years, most recently as the Executive Director of Exceptional Students where he was responsible for special education, gifted and talented, as well as related and support services. During Mr. Drake tenure, Denver Public Schools became the first district in the nation where charter schools provide equitable support to students with significant disabilities, DPS’ preschool system was restructured to serve a dramatically increased number of preschoolers with disabilities in an inclusive manner, and he led a transformation of DPS’ affective need center programs which serve students with significant emotional disabilities. Josh joined Denver Public Schools in 2010 as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Superintendent and helped facilitate the District’s senior leadership decision-making process on school closure and approvals as well as supported a major regional community engagement process for the closure of six underperforming district schools and helped coordinate the opening of nine schools as part of an unprecedented regional turnaround effort for DPS.

Prior to joining DPS through the Broad Residency program, Josh worked for eight years at a Los Angeles-based private equity fund providing growth capital to lower middle-market companies. In that role, he was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis as well as close work with portfolio companies and their management teams to drive operational improvement. Prior to business school, Josh worked for five years at a non-profit lending to women-owned and minority-owned companies. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College, a master’s of business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a master’s of instructional leadership from RELAY’s graduate school of education.