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Carlos Moreno

In his role as Co-Executive Director of Big Picture Learning, Carlos Moreno is the visionary for all U.S. school and district wide programs, leading a national team of phenomenal regional directors, School Design Coaches and coordinating leadership development & support services for school and district leaders. Carlos also leads Big Picture’s work with scores of non-Big Picture schools that wish to incorporate elements of the Big Picture Learning design. A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. Carlos is 6’8” tall and has a devastating jump shot. 

After a successful career in the corporate and International non-profit sectors, Carlos has played many roles in the Big Picture Learning network.  First as a teacher (2002) and then principal (2006), Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent (2008-10) at the Met School in Providence, Big Picture’s Learning's first school.  Carlos left beautiful New England to formally join the BPL Leadership team as a regional director in New Jersey (2010), where he supported the innovation and change efforts in Newark Public Schools and throughout the state. Carlos was then named National Director of Schools in 2012, serving as a tenacious voice for enriching and expanding opportunities for all youth. In July 2015, Carlos began his new, now current, role as Big Picture Learning's co-Executive Director.


Carlos is an author and speaker, but is happiest as a roll-up-your-sleeves, “let’s get it done” expert practitioner in designing highly engaging schools and environments for youth, particularly those who have not been served well by traditional schools. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship, a William & Flora Hewlett Foundation supported national project focused on developing leaders and leadership for underrepresented youth and communities.


Carlos holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and business from Johnson & Wales University along with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.  Most recently Carlos was named as a 2015 Pahara Institute Fellow – a fellowship designed to sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education and who will shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement.