Native New Yorker Carlos R. Moreno grew up in the Bronx, and came to Rhode Island to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he studied marketing and business administration. Carlos excelled in and out of the classroom, becoming the most valuable player on the men’s basketball team for two consecutive years; and a leader in his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. After graduating from college, and several years of working in the corporate and non-profit sectors, Carlos decided to bring his passion for helping youth to the forefront and entered the classroom as an educator. Carlos joined The Met School in 2002. In 2006, after successfully graduating his cohort of students and receiving his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Moreno was promoted to principal of The Met – Unity school. In 2008, his leadership as an administrator led The Met to promote Carlos to the newly created position of Director of Principal Support & Development. In that role, Carlos coached, supported and evaluated the leaders of The Met schools in Rhode Island. In 2009, Carlos decided to move closer to his family and his hometown when he accepted a position with Big Picture Learning as the Director of School Reform & Innovation – New Jersey. In this role, Carlos supported BPL’s Newark based schools and helped to significantly expand their New Jersey and New York City network.