"Rico Munn, Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools and Colorado’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year, took a fairly non-traditional path to school leadership. 'I’m a lawyer by training,' Munn tells us. 'I practiced corporate and commercial litigation with a large, national firm for 12 to 15 years.' He also spent several years in former Colorado governor Bill Ritter’s cabinet before being elected to the Colorado State Board of Education. 'Back in 2013, this position came open and I looked at it and thought it was something I should compete for,' he adds.
Munn believes his unique background helps him bring a pretty diverse set of experiences to the job. 'When you do complex and commercial litigation, you are very intensely situated in a problem-solving atmosphere on a regular basis,' he says. 'You have to react in both a quick sense and also a long-term strategic thinking sense. I think that background and those skills are helpful in a complicated urban school setting.'"