On February 1, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott appointed education expert Robert Salley to fill a vacancy on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
Mayor Scott appointed Robert Salley to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Commissioner Martha James-Hassan, whose term expired in 2020. Salley is a long-time education expert and adviser who has focussed on education reform through the lens of equity and empowerment.
He served as a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fellow, a Teach For America teacher, and a U.S. Department of Education policy advisor. He currently serves as the Deputy Director for WestEd, a San Francisco, CA-based nonprofit focused on improving learning, healthy development, and equity in schools and communities throughout the country.
Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Mayor Scott commented on the appointment in a press release:
“It is my sincere pleasure to appoint Robert Salley as a Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners member. I want to thank Mr. Salley for making this important personal and professional commitment to serve the best interests of our city’s youth. With his assistance and support, I know that we will succeed in our shared goal to put our young people in the best position possible to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.”
This spring, Mayor Scott will open a new selection process to fill the vacancies of Commissioners Linda Chinnia and Michelle Harris Bondima, whose terms expired in June 2021.