Robert Runcie

Chief in Residence

Chiefs for Change

Robert Runcie is a chief in residence at Chiefs for Change. He provides coaching, advising, and thought partnership to fellow members of our network and participants in our Future Chiefs leadership development program.As the former superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, he led the nation’s sixth-largest district, with more than 260,000 students and 35,000 employees, and oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion. Runcie has blended his two decades of private sector technology, management consulting, and entrepreneurship experience with 18 years of leadership in urban public schools to deliver innovation, organizational and systems change, and improved student outcomes. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in communications, technology and innovation, crisis management, enterprise risk management, and for building effective leadership teams.Runcie knows first-hand how a high-quality education can transform a person’s life. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States as a young boy and became the first in his family to finish high school and graduate from college, earning his bachelor’s from Harvard College and his MBA from Northwestern University. He later founded a management and technology consulting company and held several strategic leadership positions with Chicago Public Schools.