Jack O’Connell

Former State Superintendent Jack O'Connell brings decades of public service and expertise to the PACE Advisory Board.  During his two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and twenty years as both a state Senator and Assembly Member, O’Connell focused on closing the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing global economy by holding high standards for all students.  He remains a strong supporter and facilitator of partnerships between schools, businesses, communities, and philanthropies in order to engage all students with challenging, real-world education experiences.  Prior to becoming a founding Partner of Capitol Advisors Group, O’Connell served as the Chief Education Officer at School Innovations & Advocacy.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. As a former high school teacher and author of the legislation creating the California High School Exit Exam, he led a comprehensive effort to increase rigor and improve student achievement in California high schools. 

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