Joe Manko is a Program Officer for Education. His portfolio includes projects and partnerships in early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education.
Originally from California and a graduate of UCLA, Joe moved to Baltimore with Teach for America in 2002. After seven years in the classroom, he began the New Leaders accelerated principal development program and was named principal of Liberty Elementary School in 2010. Under Joe’s leadership, Liberty has become one of the highest performing schools in Baltimore City in terms of both student achievement and parent and community engagement.
In 2015-16, Joe served as one of four Principal Ambassador Fellows to the US Department of Education, and has taught masters-level courses at the Johns Hopkins University and Towson University. He is in the final stages of his doctoral program on Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Maryland, writing his dissertation on Community Schools.