Leonie Haimson is the founder and Executive Director of Class Size Matters, a non-profit organization that advocates for smaller classes in NYC’s public schools and the nation as a whole. She was a public school parent for 15 years, and the New York Times has called her the “city’s leading proponent of smaller classes.” The organization is dedicated to providing information on the benefits of smaller classes, particularly for at-risk children, as well as empowering parents to have a voice in decision-making at the school, district, state and national levels. She received the John Dewey award from the United Federation of Teachers in 2007, was named one of NYC’s “family heroes” by NYC Family Magazine in 2009, and was honored as an “Extraordinary Advocate for our Children” by Advocates for Justice in 2012. In 2014, she received the “Parent Voice” award from Parents Across America for her work defeating inBloom and protecting student privacy. In 2015, she was named one of the ten most influential people in education technology by Tech and Learning Magazine. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Good Day NY, WNBC News, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, and numerous other television and radio shows. She has written for the NY Times, the Nation, Education Week, Washington Post, SchoolBook, Huffington Post, Chalkbeat, In These Times, Gotham Gazette, City and State, and many other publications. She blogs at the NYC Public School Parents , was a co-founder of Parents Across America, and is now a board member of the Network for Public Education. She co-founded the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy in 2014 with Rachael Stickland of Colorado.