Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart, Ph.D., has been actively involved in education reform and innovation for nearly twenty years. He has cofounded and led more than twenty organizations within and across nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors, including the Black Alliance for Educational Options, SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC, National Black Graduate Student Association, and District of Columbia Community College Prep Public Charter School.

Dr. Stewart is currently president of Patten University. He has authored numerous publications focused on various aspects of education reform, particularly the challenges and opportunities facing low-income, first-generation and non-traditional students and families. Most recently, he coauthored (with Dr. Patrick J. Wolf) The School Choice Journey: School Vouchers and the Empowerment of Urban Families (Palgrave and McMillian 2014). He received a bachelor's degree, with honors, from the University of the District of Columbia, and Ph.D. in Government at the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences