Everyone at the Alliance has one goal,
to make every child a graduate.
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Bob Wise

Bob Wise


Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that has become a national leader for reforming the nation’s high schools so that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and a career.

Daniel Leeds

Daniel H. Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Governing Board Chairman

Daniel Leeds is founder and chair of Education Voters of America and the Education Funders Strategy Group. Mr. Leeds also helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education, for which he serves as chair of its governing board.

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Linda Darling-Hammond

Stanford University, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Linda Darling-Hammond, is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network.

Frederick Frelow

Ford Foundation, Education and Scholarship Program Officer of Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program and Education, Sexuality and Religion Unit
Fred Frelow is the education and scholarship program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom program and Education, Sexuality and Religion unit. Previously he served as the director of Early College Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation where he was responsible for managing the development of fourteen early college high schools.

N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, President and Chief Executive Officer
N. Gerry House has been president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent fifteen years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, Tennessee and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Joan Huffer

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Director of Federal Budget Initiative
Joan Huffer is the director of the federal budget initiative at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a project that provides information and technical assistance about federal budget, tax, and low-income policies to state nonprofit organizations.

Christopher Edley, Jr.

University of California Berkeley School of Law, The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Chair and Dean; Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
Christopher Edley, Jr. served as dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) from 2004 to 2013, after twenty-three years as a Harvard Law professor.

Gerard and Lilo Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Cofounders
Gerard and Lilo Leeds founded the Alliance for Excellent Education in December 1999, and served as the first chair and vice-chair, respectively, of its board of directors.
Daniel Leeds

Daniel H. Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Governing Board Chairman
Daniel Leeds is founder and chair of Education Voters of America and the Education Funders Strategy Group. Mr. Leeds also helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education, for which he serves as chair of its governing board.
Kent McGuire

C. Kent McGuire

Southern Education Foundation, President
Kent McGuire is president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. SEF focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States. Through a variety of programs and services, SEF has been particularly concerned with questions of equal access to quality education for children and youth and to the participation and success of poor and minority students in postsecondary education.

Michael O’Keefe

UMore Development Limited Liability Company, Board of Directors Chairman; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, President Emeritus
Michael O’Keefe served as president of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) from 2002 to June 2009. MCAD is one of the nation’s highly regarded private art and design colleges, offering fifteen undergraduate majors including fine arts, design, illustration, animation, and multi-media; post-baccalaureate study; and a fine arts master’s degree program.

Vijay Ravindran

Graham Holdings Company, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
Vijay Ravindran joined the Washington Post Company as senior vice president and chief digital officer in February 2009. Previously, as chief technology officer of Catalist LLC—a start-up political technology company that built a national voter database of information on more than 260 million people—Mr. Ravindran led all the technology aspects of developing the company’s software products and services.
Charles Rose

Charles P. Rose

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Partner; U.S. Department of Education, Former General Counsel
Charlie Rose is general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education (ED). He was nominated by President Obama in March 2009, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. In this position, Mr. Rose serves as the chief legal officer for ED and as the legal advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education on all matters affecting ED’s programs and activities.

Juan Sepúlveda

PBS, Senior Vice President, Station Services
Juan Sepúlveda is senior vice president for station services at PBS, where he represents the perspective of its independent member stations in the ongoing management and strategic direction of PBS to ensure that the organization’s programs, products and services support each station’s connection to its community and audience. He also works closely with stations, the PBS board of directors, station affinity groups and other national public media organizations to focus on issues of sustainability.

Mark Strickland

Schoolhouse Partners, Founder, Managing Partner
Mark Strickland is founder and managing partner of Schoolhouse Partners, a principal investment and strategic advisory firm focused on the K–12 education market. His work focuses on entrepreneurial management, strategic consulting and principal investing, including twenty years of experience advising, forming, and investing in companies in the education market.

Harold Williams

J. Paul Getty Trust, President Emeritus
Harold Williams is counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is also president emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, CA, and was president and chief executive officer for seventeen years. Prior to assuming his position with the Trust, Mr. Williams was the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has served as dean and professor of management of the Graduate School of Management, UCLA, and chairman of the board of Norton Simon, Inc.

Esther Wojcicki

Teacher of Journalism and English, Palo Alto High School (CA), Chair, Creative Commons’s Board of Directors
For the past twenty-five years, Esther Wojcicki has been teaching journalism and English at Palo Alto High School in California where she has been the driving force behind the development of its award-winning journalism program. With four hundred students enrolled, Palo Alto High School’s journalism program is now the largest in the United States.

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Intermediate and Adolescent Literacy

Over eight million students in grades 4 through 12 read and write significantly below grade level. The Intermediate and Adolescent Literacy advisory group provides guidance to the Alliance’s work to promote effective interventions that raise the achievement of struggling readers and on integrating literacy instruction into content area classes to help all students achieve at higher levels.

Intermediate and Adolescent Literacy Members

President’s Policy Council

The President’s Policy Council is a group of advisors to the Alliance that includes some of the most respected thinkers in the nation on issues related to improving the achievement and attainment levels of students in the secondary grades – students who are too often overlooked in the national debate about improving schools and the country’s educational system.

President’s Policy Council Members

Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

Effective teachers and school leaders are critical to any efforts to improve the achievement levels of all students. The Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness advisory group shares its expertise about issues related to school leadership, professional development, recruitment and retention, and other topics.

Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Members

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.