Anthony Soto was appointed Receiver/ Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) on July 1, 2021, after serving as the acting or interim receiver since February. He is thrilled to work with Holyoke staff, students, families and community members to lead his hometown district.
Since 2016, Mr. Soto has served as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer at HPS. In this role, he has ensured the financial and operational health of our $125+M school system, serving 5,300 students across 12 schools. In his first year in this position, he closed a $5 million budget gap with minimal impact at the classroom level. Since that time, Mr. Soto has consistently developed and led his team to deliver the highest quality service to schools. During his tenure, he was mentored by the former Superintendents to thoroughly understand the complexity and leadership required to assume the role of Superintendent. He loves visiting classrooms, celebrating students’ successes, talking with families, and being in the Holyoke community.
Prior to coming to Holyoke, Mr. Soto worked for the Springfield Public Schools for nearly 10 years. He began as a financial analyst and was promoted to Budget Director. Under his leadership, he managed a team of financial analysts to support 52 schools. Prior to Springfield Public Schools, he worked in public accounting for a big four firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and a small regional firm.
Mr. Soto earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which he attended on a scholarship. He is a licensed Superintendent, business administrator and public purchasing official in Massachusetts. He was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Influence 100 program, which is designed to prepare participants for the role of Superintendent. As an HPS student, he attended Kirkland, Lawrence, Peck and Dean Technical, where he was the salutatorian of the Class of 1999.
In his free time, Mr. Soto loves to spend time with his wife, Melissa; son, AJ; and French Bulldog, Brody. He also enjoys playing fastpitch softball and engaging with the Holyoke and Springfield softball community that he has been a part of for more than 20 years.
Influence 100 Fellow (selected by DESE, a member of the first cohort)
Clerk/Board Member at Valley Opportunity Council
Treasurer/Board Member at MassHire Holyoke
Assistant Coach for his son’s baseball/basketball teams.
Achievements, Awards, and Special Recognitions
Salutatorian at Dean Technical High School (1999)
Bilingual in Spanish and English.
Led Springfield Public Schools team in winning the meritorious budget award and the GFOA distinguished budget award 4 years in a row
Life-long resident of Western Mass (mostly in Holyoke) and is especially proud to be of service to the community in which he grew up and in which he is raising his own son.