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Dave “Lefty” Lefkowith


Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

Dave “Lefty” Lefkowith, recently-retired Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education, assists Harbor Freight Tools for Schools in researching opportunities to invent or invest in CTE Leadership. While serving in Louisiana, Lefty was co-leader for Jump Start and Course Choice, two innovative programs to transform career and technical education. Lefty also helped lead a national effort to create a small business / entrepreneurism industry-based credential that all high school students are capable of attaining.

Lefty continues to serve as the CEO of the National CTE Leadership Academy, a start-up venture dedicated to creating highly-skilled CTE leaders at the school and district levels.

In his previous career as a corporate executive and management consultant, Lefty helped large private and public-sector institutions transition from monopolies to competitive, customer-oriented enterprises. Lefty graduated from Yale University where he studied military history, and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.