Face to Face Conference

Keynote Speakers

Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, New York City Department of Education

Opening Remarks

Richard A. Carranza is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.

During Carranza’s nearly 30 years in education, he has served in virtually every role. Prior to New York City, he was the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas, and the seventh largest in the United States. Before that, he served the San Francisco Unified School District, first as deputy superintendent and then as superintendent. Before moving to San Francisco, Carranza was the Northwest Region superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. He began his career as a high school, bilingual social studies and music teacher, and then as a principal, both in Tucson, Arizona.

A son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser—and a grandson of Mexican immigrants—Carranza credits his public school education for putting him on a path to college and a successful career. He believes that a great education changes lives, and is excited to help the next generation of New Yorkers achieve their dreams. As Chancellor, he is building on the City’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, which supports students academically, socially, and emotionally from early childhood through twelfth grade. He is also championing initiatives to help educators strengthen their practice and to empower more parents to become engaged in their children’s education.

Carranza is the past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, where he served as a national spokesperson on significant issues facing urban school districts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the K to College Advisory Board.

Education Week profiled Carranza as a national 2015 Leader to Learn From.(Open external link) He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education with distinction in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. He completed his doctoral coursework in educational leadership through Northern Arizona University and Nova Southeastern University.

Carranza is a fluent Spanish-speaker and an accomplished mariachi musician. He is married to Monique and has two daughters.




Russell Granet, Acting President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 

Keynote Speaker, Day One (4/24)

Russell Granet is Acting President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, home to 11 world-class arts organizations. Mr. Granet assumed this leadership role in April 2018, a pivotal moment in Lincoln Center’s longstanding efforts to bring the best of the performing arts to the broadest possible audience.

Internationally respected as a strategic and effective advocate for arts education, Mr. Granet first joined Lincoln Center in 2012 as Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education (LCE), spearheading LCE’s highly successful fundraising, rebranding, and community outreach programs. In 2016, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Lincoln Center Education, Community Engagement, and International, a division of Lincoln Center that provides thought leadership and executive-level training to clients around the world.

Mr. Granet joined Lincoln Center after having founded the international consulting group Arts Education Resource (AER), which worked with leading cultural institutions, school districts, and public and independent schools on wide-ranging projects that included board development, strategic planning, program design, program funding, pro- gram implementation, and development of arts education programs for students with disabilities. Prior to founding AER, Mr. Granet held leadership positions at The Center for Arts Education – The NYC Annenberg Challenge and American Place Theatre, and was a senior teaching artist in NYC public schools. He served on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University for 20 years, where he developed and taught the course Drama with Special Populations.

Mr. Granet has many years of board-level experience. He currently serves as a trustee of Bank Street College, Goddard Riverside, and the Maktaba Project, and he previously served on the boards of the Association of Teaching Artists, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, American Place Theatre, Hilary Easton + Company, and was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and the Chair of Arts Education for the Columbia County (NY) Arts Council.

In addition to his consulting projects throughout the United States, Mr. Granet has worked internationally in Argen- tina, Australia, China, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, and Tur- key. He has received multiple awards for his work in arts education, including the Founder’s Award from the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, the Leadership Award from Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the Arts and Culture Award from the Turkish Cultural Center. In 2013, Mr. Granet’s leadership was cited as “visionary” in a Proclama- tion by the City of New York in recognition of LCE’s outstanding services to the arts and education communities. He currently serves as an advisor to the NYC Mayor’s Cabinet for Children.

Mr. Granet studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Emerson College, and received his Master’s degree from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University.



Photo by Vincent Tullo.

Shaun Leonardo, Artist

Keynote Speaker, Day Two (4/25)

Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice is participatory in nature and invested in a process of embodiment, promoting the political potential of attention and discomfort as a means to disrupt meaning and shift perspective.

Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a recipient of support from Creative Capital and Guggenheim Social Practice and was recently profiled in the New York Times. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, and featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, Recess, and VOLTA NY.



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