Paul Foster, Deputy Superintendent of Administration, Strategy, and Accountability

Paul Foster, Deputy Superintendent of Administration, Strategy, and Accountability


Paul Foster has served as a senior leader and member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet in Springfield Public Schools for 12 years. As the Chief of Strategy, Innovation, and Accountability, he is responsible for the leadership and management of community-driven strategic planning, instructional innovation, progress and performance management, technology, digital learning, and assessment.

Mr. Foster’s proudest accomplishment in Springfield is designing and leading a community engagement process that involved more than 2,000 stakeholders in the development and implementation of Springfield’s Portrait of a Graduate and community-driven strategic plan. The Portrait and six-year strategic plan focus on reimagining teaching and learning to ensure all students are empowered to identify and achieve their dreams. In addition, Mr. Foster led the 2015 implementation of one-to-one computing for 24,000 students; expanded the availability and use of data and predictive analytics; launched Springfield’s computer science for all initiative; and, created a community data warehouse to share data with youth-serving organizations.

Prior to the Springfield Public Schools, Mr. Foster’s professional experience focused on the use of data and analytics for decision-making and performance management in the public sector. This experience included five years as a Senior Planner with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, one year as an Analyst with the MA Budget and Policy Center, and three years as the founding Director of the City of Springfield’s CitiStat performance management program.

He and his wife live in Springfield, Massachusetts and are the proud parents of two college students and one precocious 5th grader.


Mr. Foster has a BA in History and African American Studies from Harvard University and an MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University.

As Deputy Superintendent of Administration, Strategy, and Accountability, Mr. Foster is tasked with:

  • Identifying new ways to serve the needs of our students, families, and staff
  • Contributing to the overall culture and climate of the district
  • Being a critical member of the district leadership team
  • Speaking on the Superintendent’s behalf in her absence