Susan Naimark’s work in public education focuses on family and community engagement, and racial equity. Her training and consulting integrates more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit community development, grassroots leadership development, public education and racial justice organizing, She served eight years on the Boston School Committee, and is author of The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools (Levellers Press, 2012). Current work focuses on capacity building to give school leaders and staff, parents, community organizations, and other institutions the tools to work productively across differences to support all students to succeed.
Susan’s work in public education began as a parent of children who went through the Boston Public Schools. She served as co-chair of the Boston Citywide Parent Council, co-founded the Boston Parent Organizing Network, organized parents statewide and nationally, and served as a member of the Boston School Committee. This was her volunteer work until three years ago, when she left her position as Director of National Community Building and Organizing Programs for NeighborWorks America to focus more specifically on public education. Her current work integrates the tools and experiences used by successful community organizations to build inclusive and supportive communities within schools and school systems.
Susan is part-time faculty at University of Massachusetts-Boston Graduate School of Education. Her consultant work has included Cultural Proficiency training for Boston Public School staff, parent capacity-building for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, teaching at Boston’s Parent University, and national training for professional educators focused on addressing racial inequities in schools.
Susan holds a B.A. in Urban and Community Studies, an M.S. in Community Economic Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution.