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Dr. Matthew Wunder


Da Vinci Schools, Los Angeles


Dr. Matthew Wunder is the CEO/Superintendent and a founder of Da Vinci Schools, a Los Angeles network of five high schools, a TK-8 home school-hybrid model, and a college and career program with 320 employees, 2500 students across 122 zip codes. Da Vinci Schools has earned global recognition as an education reform innovator, developing responsive new school models that incorporate college and career readiness, and real world, competency-based learning aligned to employer needs.


Matt believes that greater alignment between K-12 schools, colleges, and employers can close opportunity and skills gaps to ensure students are prepared to live happy, purposeful, and reliably sustainable lives. Matt is interested in building high-quality schools that overcome antiquated, under-resourced systems which often lead to education inequality.


Matt was recently selected for the Pahara Institute Fellowship, a one-year, cohort-based program that brings together high-integrity, values-driven leaders to reimagine public education. Matt has served as Principal of Wiseburn School District’s Richard Henry Dana Middle School, which became a California Distinguished School and a National Forum Middle School To Watch under his leadership, and has taught graduate classes in educational leadership, school business, and school counseling. He currently serves on the boards of non-profits Schools That Can and Portal Schools.

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