Drew Furedi will serve as the executive director of the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Family of Schools, the LMU School of Education announced Monday, June 4th.

Furedi was most recently a strategic partner with The New Teacher Project in Los Angeles, a national nonprofit consulting group.

“I look forward to working with all the partners involved on what is the most important endeavor our schools can undertake,” Furedi said.

In his role as executive director, Furedi will be responsible for collaborating with all the partners involved, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the seven Westchester public schools, the Westchester/Playa Education Foundation, the Westchester Neighborhood Council Education Committee, member schools and other stakeholders.

He will work to develop a plan of action for the LMU Family of Schools and then implement projects and programs to improve the quality of student life, student learning, leading to increased attendance and graduation rates in the Westchester schools.

While with The New Teacher Project, Furedi implemented programs to recruit, select, train, place and support hundreds of mid-career professionals interested in teaching in the nation’s hardest-to-staff public schools.

Earlier in his career, Furedi worked with Americorps on programs on national service program development and review; developed municipal, state, and federal youth policy with national nonprofits, and worked in local and regional policy development and advocacy.

His commitment to public education and related issues was solidified through his involvement in Teach For America, where he taught in Baltimore, say LMU officials.

Furedi earned a B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California.

He will officially begin his post part-time in July and start full-time on August 1st.