Leadership Matters

Monday, April 11

3:00 – 4:45pm

Hear the inspiring stories of leaders who are making a difference ensuring that equity is at the heart of the future of education powered by technology. We start with the power of one. One policymaker, one superintendent, one CTO. Dream big. Design smart. Empower voice.

Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.

Named as one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating “women who show up, speak up and get things done,” Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Michael Hinojosa

Dr. Michael Hinojosa has served over 26 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than four decades.

With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. In 2019, D Magazine named Dr. Hinojosa the “Best Public Official” in Dallas. The Council of the Great City Schools recently awarded him the Green-Garner Award, the highest honor in urban education, as the 2020 Urban Educator of the Year. Dr. Hinojosa is also a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Hinojosa is also the CoSN2021 EmpowerED Superintendent Award recipient.

Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas ISD, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 careers.

Raj Adusumilli

Raj Adusumilli is the Assistant Superintendent for Technology / Information Services in Arlington Public Schools since December 2012.  Mr. Adusumilli joined APS in 2008 and has served as Assistant Director of Information Systems and Director of Enterprise Solutions. Before joining APS, Adusumilli spent 11 years at Oracle Corporation and has a combined 19 years in the technology industry before joining APS. Adusumilli has a Bachelor’s Degree in technology from Nagarjuna University in India. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Duke University and a Masters in Computer Science from George Mason University. While at APS, Adusumilli has been responsible for the operations of all information systems including design, development, deployment, training and operations of all information technology solutions for APS business and instructional users. Also, Mr. Adusumilli has significant experience in grant writing for technology, conducting workshops and training on the use of technology, as well as leading technology initiatives K through 12.  Another significant strength of Mr. Adusumilli is his ability to cultivate strong relationships with school community members throughout his career. Raj is the CoSN2020 Withrow CTO of the Year award recipient.

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