Dr. Ebbie Parsons III
Ebbie Parsons, III is a seasoned business executive with a passion for education. Having spent most of his career at Fortune 500 companies including Intel, Medtronic and American Express, Dr. Parsons made the decision to transition from a promising career in business in 2007 to join the prestigious Broad Residency Program in Educational Leadership. The Broad Residency was Parsons’ first introduction to the inner-workings of America’s public schools where he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hartford Public Schools. Dr. Parsons championed the overhaul of the district’s school funding methodology, negotiated the state’s first pay for performance teacher union contract, and led the redistricting of the city to an “All-Choice” system of schools. Following his time in Hartford, Dr. Parsons was on the founding team of the groundbreaking Relay Graduate School of Education where he led the Human Capital function of the organization. Following Relay, Dr. Parsons took on a new challenge to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the third largest Charter Management Organization in the nation, Mosaica Education, Inc. At Mosaica, Dr. Parsons managed over 80 schools across 8 states, Washington, D.C., the Middle East and Asia. Parsons led Mosaica to their two consecutive most profitable years in the company’s 14 year history while simultaneously leading the company to their highest academic performance results in years. Dr. Parsons leveraged his wealth of experience in business and education to launch Yardstick Learning. Yardstick Learning provides specialized management consulting services to renowned mission driven organizations.
Dr. Parsons holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, a Performance Management Certificate from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also a Faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Parsons has extensive board leadership experience, including serving on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Children’s Orchestra Society, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Urban Ministries, Inc., the Atlanta Music Project (an El Sistema Program), The Winans Group, and the Finance Corps.