Ian Rowe

A proud product of the New York City public school system, Ian Rowe is a social entrepreneur and leader who has worked for more than twenty years in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to effect positive change in the lives of young people worldwide. As CEO of Public Prep, he provides strategic direction for the network of public single-sex elementary and middle schools that are determined to put their students on a predictive path to earn a degree from a four-year college. Prior to Public Prep, Rowe was Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked to increase college completion rates among low-income young adults. Prior to working at the Gates Foundation, he worked for MTV as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs. There he helped develop global and domestic campaigns, such as “Get Schooled,” which used the power of media and popular culture to motivate young people to graduate from high school and go to—and succeed in—college.