Bob Lenz

Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), Novato, CA (USA).

A world leader in project-based learning professional development and PBL implementation, Bob previously co-founded Envision Education and was chief executive officer and chief innovation officer until 2015. Under Bob’s leadership, Envision Education implemented a highly successful redesign model that has opened a path to college and college retention for disadvantaged urban students at Envision’s three Bay Area art and technology high schools.

Bob also launched Envision Learning Partners, fulfilling charter schools’ original promise to serve as demonstration sites for innovative educational practices to transform the public school system as a whole. Envision Learning Partners is working with schools, districts and school networks across the country as they adopt the Envision Schools College and Career Ready student performance assessment system.

Bob was the first in his family to receive a four-year college degree, earning a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College and a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University. When he’s not spending time with his family in San Rafael, California, he rows, bikes or plays rugby.