Eli Broad

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Nominated by: Sherman Whites

Eli Broad’s idea is to promote and fund system-wide programs and policies that empower teachers, parents and students with blended learning technologies. These programs, along with the Broad Superintendents Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education have made an impact on over 3,500 schools, 12,000 teachers, and 1.2 million students.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work, and enables students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.  The Broad Foundation’s major education initiatives include the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Broad Superintendents Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Broad served as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution by appointment of the U.S. Congress and the President.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1994 was named Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the Republic of France. Mr. Broad serves on the board of the Future Generation Art Prize. He received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007 and the David Rockefeller Award from the Museum of Modern Art in March 2009.

Mr. Broad is also a bestselling author with the publication of his first book, “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking,” released by Wiley & Sons in May 2012.

The Broads reside in Los Angeles and have two grown sons.

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