As the organization continues to expand its personalized learning and competency education work, KnowledgeWorks has hired Michael DiMaggio as vice president for strategic partnerships and development, the organization announced today.
DiMaggio, who started his career as a special education and social sciences teacher, has nearly 25 years of experience in the education sector. Most recently, he served as director of the strategic partnership group for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Washington, D.C.
As KnowledgeWorks vice president for strategic partnerships and development, DiMaggio will help the organization build and support strategic partnerships with businesses, community organizations and other groups. He will also manage all fundraising and grant coordination activity.
“KnowledgeWorks has been a dedicated partner to multiple organizations that I have worked with throughout my career,” DiMaggio said. “With this passionate and dedicated team, I look forward to bringing together investors, communities and education leaders to create innovative, learner-centered environments through competency education and early college high schools.”
Through this work, KnowledgeWorks will be able to better support school districts in the move to competency education and early college high schools.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to our team,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “He is committed to bettering the education world for all students, and his experience speaks for itself. He has demonstrated the ability to think creatively, develop relationships and anticipate the future needs of an organization. With Michael on board, KnowledgeWorks will be able to better support our partner schools and districts as they move toward highly personalized learning environments.”
Before his most recent position with CCSSO, DiMaggio worked with New Tech Network as director of outreach and expansion, NEA Foundation as director of development, CCSSO as director of strategic partnerships and development and senior program associate, and the National Association of Partners in Education as the Institute for Urban Education Partnerships director.
He started his career at Bellflower Unified School District in California as a teacher and curriculum case manager for middle and secondary school students with learning disabilities. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his commitment to every student’s success. His ability to build effective partnerships continually supports student learning across the country.
Currently, DiMaggio also serves as a board member and steering committee member with multiple organizations, including The Buck Institute for Education board member and South by Southwest Education Advisory Board Member.
DiMaggio will officially start May 30, 2017.