Ohio Department of Education - Superintendent of Public Instruction
Colleagues hail Paolo DeMaria as a passionate leader, a tireless worker, a respectful listener, a consensus builder and a man with a great sense of humor. All are qualities Ohio’s 38th superintendent of public instruction calls on daily as he works to support an education system of nearly 3,600 public schools and more than 1.6 million students. Much of DeMaria’s 30-year career has focused on school finance and promoting higher student achievement, college readiness and completion, and school choice for families. DeMaria has a 25-year record of public service for the state of Ohio, having formerly served as a staff member in the Ohio Senate; assistant director and director of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management; chief policy advisor to former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft; associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education’s Center for School Options and Finance; executive vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents; and principal consultant for Education First Consulting.