Rory Pullens, Education and Inspiration
Rory Pullens is an inspirational leader who has worked at the very highest levels of education and the entertainment industry. During the course of his personal and professional life, he has seen manypeople struggle with addiction. He is therefore committedtousing education, empowerment and inspiration to make a difference in the lives of all those who are suffering — and he has the knowledge, expertise, skills and contacts to do it.
Rory has spent nearly twenty years as an arts administrator and educator, includingin Colorado, where he was the principal of theprestigious Denver School of the Arts and led design of the first elementary arts school in the Denver Public Schools. Rory also served as the Head of School/CEO at the nationally renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC where his inner-cityurban students posted annual graduation rates of 98% and college acceptance rates of 95% and were regular performers at the White House for the Obama administration.
While at Ellington, Rory demonstrated his unique ability tobring together the very best of celebrity talent for the benefit of students by creating and producing the “Legends”concert series. Thisbrought together the likes of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Smokey Robinson, Sting and Paul Simon to play concerts with the Ellington students and for the benefit of the school — and raised millions of dollars in the process.
Prior to joining All Sober, Rory was the Senior Executive Director of Arts Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest district with over 700,000 students. While serving in this capacity, Rory created and served as the Executive Producer of the two-time Emmy nominated Spotlight Arts!, an original content series on PBS television. He also served as the EVP of House — a social impact driven multimedia and connection platform company with creative hubs in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
After serving three years (2012-2015) as the President of the Arts School Network that supports over 400 arts school leaders nationally and as a board member of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Music Center in Los Angeles, he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Young Storytellers.
Prior to his work as an arts educator, Roryposted Hollywood entertainment credits of film and television productions as a writer, director, and editor. He was the Chief Operating Officer/Executive Producer of USGL Corporation, a national sports/entertainment corporation and began his career as sound engineer, touring with major R&B artists.
Rory believes that the world is about to change withthe launch of All Sober. And his purpose, passion and preparation have made him ready to help lead this change.