Executive Director

Tracy Breslin has dedicated her career to ensuring that all students – regardless of background – receive a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and life. Tracy brings over twenty years of experience in education and nonprofit management to the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders. As Executive Director, Tracy leads School Leaders’ team to achieve our mission: develop, engage, and retain principals and system leaders who transform schools, dramatically improve student outcomes, and drive systemic change to prepare all Philadelphia students for college, career, and life.

Prior to joining School Leaders, Tracy served as a talent management consultant, working with a variety of urban school districts and state departments of education on human capital initiatives including school leadership pipelines, principal supervisors, teacher effectiveness, educator evaluations, and talent management. Tracy also taught an Education Leadership course at Columbia Business School.

As Interim Chief Talent Officer at Newark Public Schools, Tracy designed human capital reforms, facilitated teacher contract negotiations, and led teams to redesign educator evaluation, compensation, teacher and principal selection, and central human resources support. At the New York City Department of Education, Tracy led the Office of School Leadership to recruit, select, train, and support aspiring and current school leaders, including NYC’s 1,600 principals and 3,500 assistant principals. Before that, Tracy led recruitment and admissions at New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit focused on attracting and preparing outstanding school leaders. 

Tracy launched her career by evaluating and designing Universal Prekindergarten programs, working in after-school programs, and facilitating professional development for educators. Tracy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. She also is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education.