Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero

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Dr. Alex Marrero has served as the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools since Spring 2021. He oversees Colorado's largest school district, which includes nearly 85,000 students and 14,000 staff across over 200 schools, and has a budget of $1.45 billion. As the son of a Cuban refugee and a Dominican immigrant, Dr. Marrero understands firsthand and advocates for the diverse needs of his students.

Under his leadership, the district has achieved its highest-ever graduation rates and seen the implementation of its first-ever equity-based strategic plan. His efforts have significantly raised salaries and established living wages for all employees, while enhancing school safety and cybersecurity. His strategies have successfully moved 12 schools off the State Accountability Clock. He established the Latine Education Advisory Council (LEAC) to enhance educational outcomes for Latino/Hispanic students, launched the International Educators Institute to aid new international teachers in adapting to the educational system and community, and opened six community hubs. These hubs connect students, families, and community members with free services to increase their economic self-sufficiency and academic success.

Before his tenure at Denver Public Schools, Dr. Marrero served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in New Rochelle, where he became the first Latinx head of the city’s school system. His experience in education extends further to significant positions within the East Ramapo Central School District and the NYC Public Schools.

Dr. Marrero's leadership has been widely recognized with several awards, including Superintendent of the Year by the District Administration Leadership Institute and the Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents, both for 2024. He was named a "Superintendent to Watch" in 2022 by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and one of "5 Superintendents to Watch in 2023" by K-12 Dive. His earlier accolades include the Leadership and Excellence in Education Award from the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators and the National Administrator of the Year by the Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Beyond his role in Denver, Dr. Marrero is deeply involved in educational leadership on a national scale. He serves as President-Elect of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, an Executive Board Member for the Council of Great City Schools, and a member of the Homeland Security Academic Partnership Council. Governor Polis also selected him to serve on the Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission.

Dr. Marrero holds advanced degrees and certifications, including a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Russell Sage College and certificates from Harvard and Columbia Universities. His leadership philosophy is centered on empowering every student, regardless of their background, to overcome obstacles and become innovative leaders in their fields, reflecting his personal journey and commitment to educational excellence.