On the book from Michael B. Horn

Every school district should read, digest and grok this book. In it, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black make a major contribution around how schools should organize, plan, create teams, and more.”

About Alexis

Alexis Gonzales-Black is the co-author of The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.  She is an expert in organizational design and change initiatives with deep experience in the education, retail, and technology sectors. A principal designer at the global design firm IDEO, she designs and implements new organizational models to fuel innovation, agility, and engagement.

Additional Information

Alexis earned a BS in biology from James Madison University and developed a passion for teaching and social justice as a high school science teacher and recruitment director for Teach for America. At Zappos, Alexis led college recruiting and diversity initiatives before co-leading the online retailer’s transition to the Holacracy model of organizational design. She founded Thoughtful Org Partners, a consultancy where she partners with organizations to break through rigidity and introduce self-organizing principles and practices.

Alexis’s work has been widely covered in such media outlets as Forbes, Fox, CNN, Wired, and Business Insider. She is a board member of Responsive Org and formerly a member of the Nevada State Board of Education and the WestEd Board of Directors. She lives in Oakland with her family.

She can be reached at or on LinkedIn


The New
School Rules

The book tackles organizational change in an interesting and accessible way with adaptable tools and protocols.