Naomi G. Housman, Ed.M., has worked for nearly twenty years at the national and local levels to create student-centered education policy and practice. Prior to her current role as the Director of Innovation and Development for Gratz Advance at Gratz College, Naomi cultivated and stewarded funder relationships and strategic partnerships as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit organization that support college access and retention programs for low-income, first-generation-to-college youth in Philadelphia. Naomi also serves as the President and Executive Director of the Philadelphia STEM Innovation Center, founded in 2016 to engage stakeholders around a shared vision for improving equity and access to STEM education and postsecondary success for a diverse population of Philadelphia students.For seven years, Naomi served in central administrative leadership roles with The School District of Philadelphia, overseeing school counseling services, college and career readiness, behavioral health, high school redesign, and partnerships with child-serving community and city agencies. Naomi has worked in the tech industry, serving as part of the Strategic and Business Development team at Taskstream, a New York City-based provider of cloud-based software for assessment, accreditation, and e-portfolios to universities, colleges, and K-12 schools throughout the United States and the world. In the national policy realm, Naomi served as the Director of the National High School Alliance for five years, during which she led development and dissemination of a common national framework around a shared vision for college and career readiness. While living in Boston, Naomi taught reading and writing at the middle and high school levels, designed innovative curriculum, and coordinated the launch of Steppingstone Foundation’s pilot program to prepare students from Boston’s lowest performing school cluster for entrance and successful transition into district magnet exam schools.
Naomi has served on national advisory boards and authored a variety of articles and reports focused on education innovation. She was a fellow in the 1999-2000 class of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program in Washington, DC. Naomi received her master's degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in English from Emory University. She also is active in her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, and chairs the Education Leadership committee for JQuest B’Yachad, a religious school governed jointly by three area congregations. She and her husband, have the joy of raising two great children in the Philadelphia area.