Jim Kline is a Director of School Launch and Incubation, supporting entrepreneurs ready to launch innovative school models that advance equity and opportunity for all children in Washington, D.C. Prior to CityBridge, Jim was the Manager of School Investments at the Philadelphia School Partnership, where he worked to support and expand great schools by developing a school funding strategy to maximize the number of high quality seats in Philadelphia.
Jim’s passion for educational equity and personalized learning has fueled his trajectory in the education field. Before moving back to the Northeast, Jim served as the Director of College Readiness at Collegiate Academies, a high performing charter school network in New Orleans, where he worked to launch a system-wide college readiness program. While at Collegiate, Jim coached his students to accomplish world changing pursuits, such as changing state and local laws in Louisiana. He began his career in education in Greater New Orleans, teaching as a Teach For America 2008 corps member; he later taught and led in various capacities at Sci Academy in the Collegiate Academies network. Jim also worked as a curriculum specialist for both Teach For America and TNTP, and has won numerous teaching awards, including St. John Parish District Teacher of the Year and the New Schools for New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jim holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University–Teachers College.