Superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools
Ed Graff joins Minneapolis Public Schools after serving as superintendent of the Anchorage School District, one of the nation's 100 largest school districts.
He began his teaching career in 1991 at an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska. He went on to become a school principal, executive director of Elementary Education, chief academic officer and was appointed superintendent of ASD in 2013.
Graff has led implementation of the Anchorage School District’s comprehensive strategic plan, expanded districtwide differentiated learning opportunities, increased preschool and literacy efforts, facilitated collaboration with more than 600 business partners and provided proven supervision and accountability for student instruction and business management.
Originally from Minnesota, Graff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a Master's Degree in Education Administration from University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-masters coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction.
He has served on several boards and professional organizations. In 2016, he was presented the Exemplary Social and Emotional Leadership Award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. The award, demonstrating Graff’s leadership and vision for Social and Emotional Learning, had only been given twice before.
Graff believes commitment and focused efforts will ensure the district is supporting students first, maintaining a focus in the classroom and working hard to create high expectations for everyone. He is dedicated to doing what is best for all students collectively while still meeting the needs of each individual.