Joseph A. Aguerrebere currently serves as associate director of teacher education and public school programs at the California State University's Chancellor’s Office.
Previously, he was president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) based in Arlington, Virginia. During his tenure, the number of board certified teachers quadrupled and its standards and assessments are now seen as the gold standard for identifying and developing accomplished teaching.
Prior to leading NBPTS, Aguerrebere was deputy director of the Education, Knowledge, and Religion unit of the Ford Foundation in New York. In addition to his management responsibilities, his grantmaking focused on the development of human capital in educational settings working with key organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
He began his professional career as a high school teacher in southern California. He served in five diverse school systems as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator in elementary, middle, and high school settings. He later served as a tenured professor of educational administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles and was director of the Future Teacher Institute and national director of the Consortium for Minorities in Teaching Careers.
He received his Ed.D. and M.S. degrees in educational administration, and B.A. degree in political science, all from the University of Southern California.