Mario Rossero is the senior vice president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Since July 2015, he has been responsible for the overall planning, management, and supervision of the programs and operations of the Center's Education Division. Through its educational initiatives, the Kennedy Center works in all fifty states.
Education at the Kennedy Center focuses locally and nationally on creating school-and community-based residencies and partnerships that directly impact teachers, students, administrators, and artists through professional development; school improvement through arts integrated curricula; creating educational resources available in print and on the Internet; producing, presenting, and touring performances and educational events for young people and their families; and the development of careers in the arts for young people and aspiring professionals.
Mario previously served as the chief of core curriculum for Chicago Public Schools. In that role, he provided leadership and strategy to offer a robust education for all students, including Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, the Arts, and Global Citizenship. Prior to this role, Mario served as the director of Arts Education, leading the charge to increase equity and access to all art forms through the first ever district wide Arts Education Plan.
From 2010 to 2011, Mario served as the senior program officer for Arts Education for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. From 2004 to 2010, he served in various roles in Chicago Public Schools including director of Magnet Schools and Programs. Mario serves on a number of advisory boards and is a practicing visual artist.