President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Public Schools National
Marco Petruzzi originally joined Green Dot as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2007, and was promoted to CEO in October 2008. During Marco’s tenure, Green Dot won Los Angeles Unified’s School Board approval to turn around Locke High School in Watts and began operating it in fall 2008, re-structuring it into smaller, college-prep schools. The Locke Transformation Project is the realization of Marco’s work on Green Dot’s Board of Directors, where he served from 2002 until 2006, in which he led a pro bono consulting project to develop a model for the transformation of overcrowded, under-performing urban public schools. Under Marco’s tenure, Green Dot has quadrupled in size and is now operating three schools that were previously chronically underperforming schools under LAUSD, as well as turning around some of the lowest performing schools in Memphis. Currently, Green Dot serves 13,500 students in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Memphis and Tacoma.