Tomas Hanna


Tomás Hanna joined the NYC DOE in July 2011 bringing over 20 years of experience in urban public education in several roles - teacher, principal and central office administrator. Tomás has served in two important capacities while at the DOE – Chief of Innovation and, currently, Chief Human Capital Officer in the Division of Human Capital.

Tomás oversees human capital strategy, including human resources policy, systems, and programs for strategic workforce planning, recruitment and hiring, compensation, leaves, performance management, and employee engagement and development.  The overarching goal of the human capital strategy is to ensure the system drives measurable improvement in teacher and principal quality and that entire workforce is focused like a laser to guarantee each student’s journey through our system keeps them on a path to graduation, college, and meaningful employment. Develop People is one of the NYC DOE priorities and seeks to cultivate a learning culture by valuing and developing individuals and teams not only in schools, but in central offices and field support centers.

Hanna led the Innovation Zone (iZone) in overseeing program implementation and expansion. The iZone is a community of innovative New York City schools committed to personalizing learning around the needs, motivations, and strengths of individual students. His extensive experience with school leadership and operations was a critical lever in turning the iZone’s vision of personalized learning for all students into effective practice.

For nearly 20 years, Tomás served the School District of Philadelphia in key leadership roles - Chief of School Operations, Chief of Staff, Associate Superintendent, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, and Principal.  In these roles he oversaw a wide-range of functions, including:  Attendance & Truancy; Parent, Family, Community Engagement & Faith-Based Partnerships; Student Support Services; and Non-Instructional School Support.  As Chief of Staff, Tomás was the liaison between the Superintendent and all central offices. As Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Hanna improved the hiring process and services to new teacher candidates, provided quality customer service to the District's 27,000 employees, and enhanced relationships with the District's labor partners. Because of the efforts and achievements in this role, two case studies were written by the Harvard Business School and Graduate School of Education for the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) documenting this work and its sustainability over time.

Hanna served as Deputy Superintendent of Operations in Providence Public Schools, serving more than 24,000 students and 45 schools in the largest school district in the State of Rhode Island. Tomás was responsible for human resources, athletics, student placement, safety and security, transportation, and alternative placement.

Tomás has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Frances Schwartz Principal Recognition Award and the Marcus A. Foster Award for Achievement in Educational Administration.  He has also been featured in the Providence (RI) Monthly Magazine Ten People Making a Difference in Providence, and Philadelphia Magazine’s IT List of People to Watch.

Tomás is a native Philadelphian and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, a Master of Arts in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from LaSalle University, and holds a Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.  He is a Broad Superintendent's Academy Fellow.