Richard Barth was made chief executive officer of the KIPP Foundation in December of 2005. Over the past ten years, he has overseen the significant growth of the network from 45 to 183 schools, dramatically expanded KIPP's leadership development programs, advocated for high performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured more than $260 million in new, long-term philanthropic commitments, including more than $100 million from the federal government.
Richard came to KIPP from Edison Schools, where he served as president of District Partnerships and managed school partnerships serving more than 40,000 students. Prior to joining Edison, he was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America. Richard earned a BA in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of Braven, General Assembly, ROADS Network Charter Schools, and the KIPP Foundation. He was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014 Commencement ceremonies.