It is with shock and sadness that I am mourning the loss of my friend, my mentor, and my spiritual brother, Shawn Hurwitz.
Shawn served as my confidant and partner as we launched KIPP in Houston two decades ago, and became a founding board member both for KIPP Houston and KIPP’s national organization. Without Shawn’s faith in our mission and wise counsel, KIPP would never have grown to reach so many children in Houston and across the country, and served as a catalyst for so many other public schools to do similar transformative work. All told, hundreds of thousands of children have a new-found freedom to succeed in school and life because Shawn Hurwitz cleared a path.
Shawn was also one of my best friends. I will miss his wisdom, sense of humor, and constant optimism. My wife Colleen and I, along with the entire KIPP Team and Family, send our love and condolences to his wife Debbie, their two beautiful children, Ellie and Scott, his brother David, and his loving parents, Barbara and Charles.