Naomi G. Housman, EdM, has worked in the education sector at the national and local levels for nearly twenty five years. Prior to her role at Gratz College, Naomi served 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 served as Deputy Chief with The School District of Philadelphia, overseeing school counseling services, college and career readiness, behavioral health, and city partnerships with child-serving community and city agencies. Naomi also has worked in the ed tech sector as the director of K12 research and policy at Taskstream, a provider of cloud-based software for assessment, accreditation, and e-portfolios. 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 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 schools for entrance and successful transition into district 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 has served 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 share the joy of raising two children in the Philadelphia area.