Justin Coppedge, Chief Operating Officer

Justin joined Texas 2036 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Dallas Independent School District, the nation’s 16th largest school district. In this role, he led a variety of initiatives, including leadership and professional development for 3,000 central office staff and the district’s administrative office consolidation project involving 1800 staff from 11 facilities. A Teach for America alum, Justin started his career in public service as a high school science teacher in the Saint Louis Public Schools, where his work with students led to his selection as the district’s high school science teacher of the year. Upon moving to Dallas, he led the launch and growth of a non-profit that develops community members as leaders and advocates for public school student achievement. Justin joined Dallas ISD as Special Assistant to the Superintendent, managing communications, projects, and initiatives for the Office of the Superintendent before transitioning to the Office of the Chief of Staff. Justin is a Leadership Dallas alum and serves on the Board of Directors of The Educator Collective. He graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in Biology from Austin College and holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Justin lives in Dallas with his wife and two young native Texans.