As Chief Operating Officer, Ken helps AnLar keep its core values front and center as the company continues to grow.
Ken offers specific expertise and experience in the areas of policy, strategy, operations, growth, and technology. His career began as a high school senior, when he was elected to his local school board following a campaign promise to amplify student voice and choice. He has since served in various roles at the national, state, and local levels, including school psychologist and middle school principal. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.
Ken worked at the New York State Education Department from 2009 to 2015, ultimately serving as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, with a K-16 portfolio that included curriculum, assessment, instruction, and technology. He served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education from 2015 to 2019, with a focus on long-term and sustainable improvements in schools, anchored in the demands of students and families, and aligned to economic growth and opportunity.
When not in Chief Operating Officer mode, Ken can be quite funny. He enjoys pruning trees, playing backgammon, and listening to Charles Mingus records.