Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III
“An idea is only as good as its execution, and Yardstick Management’s clients become masters of execution.”
– Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III is the Founder and Managing Partner of Yardstick Management. Ebbie, a seasoned business executive with a passion for education, has been applauded for his strategic thinking, engaging leadership and results orientation throughout his career. After working at Fortune 500 companies including Intel, Medtronic and American Express, Ebbie made the decision to transition from a promising career in business in 2007 to join the prestigious Broad Residency Program in Educational Leadership. The Broad Residency was his first introduction to the inner-workings of America’s public schools where he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hartford Public Schools. Ebbie championed the overhaul of the district’s school funding methodology, negotiated the state’s first pay-for-performance teacher union contract and led the redistricting of the city to an “All-Choice” system of schools. Following his time in Hartford, Ebbie was on the founding team of the groundbreaking Relay Graduate School of Education where he led the Human Capital function of the organization. Following Relay, he took on a new challenge to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the third-largest Charter Management Organization in the U.S., Mosaica Education, Inc. At Mosaica, Ebbie managed over 80 schools across eight states, Washington, D.C., the Middle East and Asia. He led Mosaica to their two consecutive most profitable years in the company’s 14-year history while simultaneously leading the company to their highest academic performance results in years.
Ebbie leveraged his wealth of experience in business and education to launch Yardstick Management. Yardstick provides specialized management consulting services to renowned mission-driven organizations. Ebbie and the Yardstick team are committed to building the internal capacity of their clients so that they can enhance their ability to deliver extraordinary results to their constituents.
Ebbie holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a Faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Ebbie has extensive board leadership experience, including serving on the boards of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lighthouse Academies, Children’s Orchestra Society, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Urban Ministries, Inc., the Atlanta Music Project (an El Sistema Program), The Winans Group and the Finance Corps. Ebbie is a Fellow with the Pahara Institute and the Aspen Institute and is a Member of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ebbie resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Ayana, and their adorable daughters, Ebbie Noelle aka “Noey”, and Noohra Celeste. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, kayaking, and most of all rooting for his favorite hometown team, the Michigan Wolverines. Go BLUE!!!