Ayindé Rudolph

Superintendent of Mountain VIew Whisman School District in California

Dr. Rudolph has been the Superintendent since 2015. Previously, he served as Associate Director of School Transformation at the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a federally funded program, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone that encourages communities to develop public-private partnerships.

His achievements during his tenure with the Promise Neighborhood included instituting a 1:1 learning environment, which received recognition from President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House; the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system; and three new curricula aligned to the new national standards. He also redesigned the school’s talent acquisition and management systems, with focus on providing positive feedback to encourage growth.

Dr. Rudolph has held the position as principal in a traditional high and middle school, a kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school, a charter school, countywide arts magnet, Title 1 and a Bill and Melinda Gates funded “small” themed (STEM) high school. In each of his positions he has led dramatic turnarounds, including leading a high school to consecutive national rankings (134).

Dr. Rudolph has three children, who have been his inspiration and motivate him to develop learning environments that he would be proud to engage and immerse them into.

In 2015 Dr. Rudolph climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to conclude his quest to raise $10,000 for cancer research. In addition to being a cancer prevention advocate, he is an avid cyclist, voracious reader and budding triathlete.

Dr. Rudolph received his Doctorate in Education in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration as well as a Master of Education in Secondary Education from George Washington University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Wittenberg University.