Gerald Santilli, President of American Paradigm Schools, has a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Rutgers University and Villanova University. A recognized leader in municipal and educational finance, he previously served as partner with Santilli & Thomson, LLC, a financial consulting firm specializing in schools and other nonprofits. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Financial Services for the School District of Philadelphia.
In this capacity he was the district's chief financial officer and was responsible for accounting, budget, payroll, treasury operations, subsidies, auditing, grants, fiscal operations and all automated central financial systems. Before his tenure with the District, he was an administrator with the Bucks County Controller's office.
Mr. Santilli has always been active in community activities, including PTA president when his children were in elementary school, as treasurer, board of education member for his church and with various community organizations.
He is also known for his work early in the charter school movement in Pennsylvania, having implemented the program for the School District of Philadelphia including the establishment of several Philadelphia charter schools. He served as the Board Treasurer for LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, NJ, and was recently elected to the Board of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools. He is also the founder of First Philadelphia Preparatory and Tacony Academy Charter Schools.