Nathan Levenson has become a senior advisor at DMGroup upon his retirement from the organization in 2020. He was a managing director at DMGroup for 12 years, during which time he worked with hundreds of districts across the country to improve special education and resource allocation. His prior experience includes serving as a public school superintendent, school board member, and private sector CEO, all of which enable him to bring a unique perspective.
Mr. Levenson is a recognized thought leader in the K-12 education sector, with expertise on effectively improving special education; strengthening and expanding social, emotional, and behavioral supports; and budgeting and resource allocation. He frequently speaks at national conferences and has authored several books including Six Shifts to Improve Special Education and Other Interventions, A Better Way to Budget, and Smarter Budgets, Smarter Schools. He has also published numerous white papers in conjunction with leading think tanks, including “Something Must Change: Rethinking Special Education” (American Enterprise Institute), "The Promise of Education Information Systems: How Technology Can Improve School Management and Success" (The Center for American Progress), "Applying Systems Thinking to Improve Special Education in Ohio" (The Thomas B. Fordham Institute), and “Doing the Most Good: Academic Return on Investment” published in Educational Leadership.
During his tenure at DMGroup, Mr. Levenson helped develop the special education and social, emotional, and behavioral support practices at the firm. While at DMGroup, Mr. Levenson worked with nearly 200 districts across 25 states to improve special education and student supports, build student-centered schedules that support teaching and learning best practices, and create budgets that align with district priorities.
Prior to joining DMGroup, Nate served as superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (MA). Under his leadership, the district reduced the number of students reading below grade level by 65% and decreased the special education achievement gap by 66%. In addition, some schools within the district were commended by the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, by the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Compass Schools program, and by School Matters—all for outperforming schools in like communities. Nate also has previous experience serving as school board chair of Boxford Public Schools (MA) and as CEO of North American Industries, an engineering and manufacturing company.
Nate holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of the Broad Foundation’s Urban Superintendents Academy. He has experience serving on both private and non-profit boards, including a number of family businesses, local chapters of UNCF, Habitat for Humanity, and Boxford Public Schools.