Chief Executive Officer
Lighthouse Community Public Schools
Rich Harrison is the CEO of Lighthouse Community Public Schools, a small CMO in Oakland, California. Rich joined Lighthouse in 2019 after having served as Chief Academic Officer for Uplift Education, a high performing charter school management organization serving 20,000 across 40 schools, for 8 years. Rich brings a wealth of experience around school start up, leadership transformation, organizational culture, and systems around instruction, assessment and curriculum, and looks to continue his learning and leadership. Prior to that role, Rich served as the Middle School Director for the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), the highest performing school in terms of student achievement and growth in Denver Public Schools. While at DSST, Rich was nationally recognized by the New Leaders for New Schools program for accomplishing breakthrough student achievement gains – his school had the second highest student value add growth nationally of all charter middle schools, as measured by a longitudinal study through Mathematica Policy Research. Prior to this, after graduating from the University of Chicago in 1998 with a degree in English Literature, Rich taught middle and high school English in New York City for 5 years and in Denver for 4 years.