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Seth Andrew

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Seth Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur best-known for founding Democracy Prep Public Schools, a national network of charter schools based in Harlem, and Democracy Builders, a social sector incubator that launched Washington Leadership Academy, the Arena Summit, and Degrees of Freedom.

Education and Career[edit]

Andrew attended the Bronx High School of Science, earned his A.B. from Brown University, and his Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[1] In 2005, Andrew founded Democracy Prep Public Schools in Harlem, New York. The network has grown to serve more than 6,500 students in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Nevada, and Texas[2]. Democracy Prep has been the subject of significant academic research due to its emphasis on civic engagement.[3][4][5][6][7] From 2014 to 2016, Andrew served as senior advisor and superintendent-in-residence at the U.S. Department of Education and was a senior advisor in the Office of Educational Technology at the White House under the Presidency of Barack Obama.[8] In 2020, under Andrew’s leadership, Democracy Builders and Marlboro College announced that Democracy Builders would acquire the Marlboro College campus in order to build a low-residency, low-cost college program for low-income students.[9][10][11][12]

Personal Life[edit]

Andrew is married to CBS News producer and correspondent Lana Zak.[13] The couple have three children. [14]


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  2. "Democracy Prep Public Schools". About. Democracy Prep Public Schools. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  3. "Education Next: Q&A: Seth Andrew" (VOL. 19, NO. 3). Education Next. Summer 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  4. Mahnken, Kevin (April 10, 2019). "Photo Tour: The Students, Educators, Classrooms & Activism That Define Democracy Prep, a School Network Built Around Civics". The74. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  5. Mahnken, Kevin (April 10, 2019). "How Democracy Prep Is Drawing Upon Civics to Challenge Its Students to 'Change the World' — Before They Graduate". The74. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. Mahnken, Kevin (April 10, 2019). "Democracy Prep's Expansion Woes Raise Questions About Whether Civics Education Can Be Brought to Scale". The74. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. Pondiscio, Robert (May 1, 2018). "Contributing to a 'More Perfect Union': Mathematica Study of Civic Engagement of Students at Democracy Prep Is Encouraging but Only a Beginning". The74. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  8. "ResearchED". ResearchEd.org. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  9. St. Amour, Madeline (May 29, 2020). "Marlboro to Become New 2-Year Program". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  10. French, Ellie (May 28, 2020). "Marlboro College announces campus sale to Democracy Builders". VT Digger. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  11. Visconti, Ambrogio. "Democracy Builders' Acquisition of Marlboro College". Global Legal Chronicle. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  12. Audette, Bob (May 28, 2020). "New model of higher education could take root in Marlboro". The Bennington Banner. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  13. Donnelly, Shannon (2004-08-29). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Lana Zak and Seth Andrew". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  14. "Lana Zak". ABC Radio. Retrieved 2019-02-22.

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