J.D. LaRock

J.D. LaRock is the Chief of Staff at Northeastern University. In this capacity, he serves on the senior leadership team of the university, manages executive-level initiatives, events, and the executive staff, and advises the university president on a wide range of issues.

Immediately prior to this position, J.D. was a senior analyst and manager of the international education statistics program at the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Earlier, as a senior education advisor to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, J.D. was the lead Senate staff member responsible for the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and played a significant role in developing a 2007 federal law that provided $20billion in new student aid to the nation’s college students.

As education policy director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, J.D. was a main author of the 2010 Achievement Gap Act, the most significant K-12 education reform law in Massachusetts in a generation. He also served on the team that developed Massachusetts’ successful “Race to the Top” proposal, which secured a quarter-billion dollars to benefit the state’s public schools.

J.D. began his career as a spokesman for the New York City public school system and a television reporter on NY1, New York City’s all-news TV station. He is a former editor of the
Harvard Educational Review, co-editor of the book Special Education for a New Century, and author of the forthcoming book The Big Race: President Obama’s Race to the Top Competition
and its Impact on State-Level Education Reform.

J.D. grew up in Queens, New York and lives in Melrose Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. He holds a doctorate in education administration, planning and social policy, masters
in education policy and management, and bachelor’s degree, all from Harvard University, and alaw degree from Georgetown University.