Who We Are
XQ Institute is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to rethinking the high school experience so that every student graduates ready to succeed in life.
Our vision is for young people everywhere to have vibrant high schools where students can grow to the fullest as civic participants, critical readers, proactive problem solvers, original thinkers, generous collaborators, and learners for life.
XQ works in communities throughout the country, with individual schools and entire school systems, to help them dream big about what high school could be, turn their innovative ideas into action, and create more rigorous and equitable schools. Since launching in 2015, XQ has partnered with 21 individual high schools across 12 states. XQ has also partnered with three urban school districts in New York City, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C., and one state school system in Rhode Island.
High school is the last stop before students enter the real world of college, career, and adulthood. It’s where adolescents—whose brains are still growing rapidly—should develop both academically and socially, so they’ll graduate prepared for all the future has to offer.
But too many college students need remedial coursework, and employers want workers who can engage in creative problem-solving.
You + XQ
We encourage educators to develop more meaningful, engaging classes—often with the help of local businesses and community organizations. Our open-source tools, based on research and design thinking, empower people to take up the challenge of transforming their high schools with a unifying goal: unlocking the American promise of a high-quality education for everyone.
We meet people where they are to share the importance and possibility of change through listening, learning, and storytelling. We share what’s working with other schools and districts so they can tailor new models to the needs of their own students and communities.
Senior Project Manager, Creative Services
Contract and Grants Coordinator
Director of Content Marketing
Workplace Experience Specialist
Dr. Lauren J. Bierbaum
Head of Research, Data and Evaluation
Head of Experience and Brand Strategy Integration
Dr. Mozzie DosAlmas
Math Curriculum Writer and Designer
Head of State and Local Partnerships
Head of Creative Direction
Senior Education Editor
Senior Product Manager
Senior Marketing + Creative Service Director
Project Manager, Editorial & Publishing
Entrepreneur in Residence
Project Manager, Schools Coordination
Director of Learning Experiences
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Chief Program Officer
Project Manager, Systems and Partnerships
Head of Product
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Experiential Productions
Head of School Success
Director of Scholarships and Fellowships and Lead for Special Events
Senior Education Writer
Dr. Linda Murray
Chief Financial and Budget Officer
Senior Director of Product
Youth Engagement Director
Head of Schools
Director of Product Management, Labs
Head of Editorial + Publishing
Project Manager, Policy and Programs
Administrative and Operations Assistant
Head of Growth and Expansion
Project Manager, School Success and Growth
Project Manager, Creative Services
Senior Data Analyst
Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO & Board Liaison
Curriculum Writer and Researcher
Director of School Success
Facilities Manager and Engagement Specialist
XQ was co-founded by board chair Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and president of Emerson Collective, and Russlynn Ali, XQ’s CEO and former U.S. assistant secretary of education for civil rights. XQ’s board of directors also includes Geoffrey Canada, Marc Eckō, Jimmy Iovine, Michael Klein, and Yo-Yo Ma.
XQ works in direct collaboration with Emerson Collective, which is dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective’s work focuses on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives. XQ is an independent affiliate of Emerson Collective.