BOSTON, March 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Learning
technology company Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt (HMH) (Nasdaq: HMHC) today announced that
Jean-Claude Brizard, President and
CEO of Digital Promise, a global, nonpartisan, nonprofit
organization focused on accelerating innovation in education, has
been appointed to HMH's board of directors.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jean-Claude to HMH's board," said
Larry Fish, chairman of the board of
directors, HMH. "With his extensive experience in the K-12 space
and as a former educator, we look forward to the valuable
perspective Jean-Claude will bring to HMH's strategy and
"With more than 30 years of experience as an educator, advisor
and leader, Jean-Claude has demonstrated a passion for driving
innovation in classrooms to improve performance, as well as a
commitment to closing the equity gap to ensure all students have
what they need to succeed," said Jack
Lynch, President and CEO, HMH. "We look forward to
leveraging Jean-Claude's expertise and insights as we deliver
connected learning solutions that are effective, engaging, and
equitable to students and teachers around the world."
Prior to taking the helm at Digital Promise in 2021, Brizard was
a Senior Advisor and Deputy Director in US Programs at the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the US Program's PK-16
Community Investment Team in their effort to more deeply understand
a student's journey from preschool through completion of a
post-secondary credential. Brizard also led efforts to close the
racial and economic opportunity gaps in Washington state's educational system, and
supported the growth and sustainability of the public charter
schools' sector in the state.
"I am honored to join HMH's board," says Brizard. "This role
offers an exciting opportunity to leverage my experience as an
educator and advisor in the K-12 space to help guide HMH's digital
first, connected strategy and support its commitment to enhancing
teaching and learning."
Brizard is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools and Superintendent of
Schools for the Rochester School
District in New York. Under
Brizard's leadership, both Chicago
Public Schools and the Rochester
City School District saw substantial improvements in student
performance. Brizard's experience also includes a 21-year career as
an educator and administrator with the New York City Department of
Education. He served as a Regional Superintendent, supervising more
than 100 schools in the Borough of Brooklyn, and as the system's
Executive Director for its 400 secondary schools. He is a Fellow of
the Broad Center, a Fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Institute, and a
member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(NASDAQ: HMHC) is a learning technology company committed to
delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower
educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of
K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and
professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and
school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students'
potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than
50 million students and 3 million educators in 150 countries, while
its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and
reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For
more information, visit www.hmhco.com.
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