Diane Tavenner

Board Chair; Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools

Diane TavennerDiane Tavenner is the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, a leading network of public schools that operates 11 schools in California and Washington, as well as a free program that enables schools across the U.S. to implement Summit Learning, its nationally recognized personalized approach to teaching and learning.

Diane founded Summit’s flagship school, Summit Preparatory Charter High School in 2003, with the mission to prepare a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. Summit quickly earned the reputation for being one of the nation’s best public high schools, and overwhelming community demand lead to the opening of 10 additional Summit schools, as well as the creation of the Summit Learning Program. Summit is also recognized for its commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration, establishing pioneering partnerships across industries, including renowned learning scientists and researchers, universities, technology companies, teacher preparation programs, foundations, and community organizations.

Prior to founding Summit, Diane spent ten years as a public school teacher, administrator, and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California, and has a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.