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

Bob Wise

President

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 the founder and president of the National Public Education Support Fund, which organizes the Education Funders Strategy Group, the Partnership for the Future of Learning, and the Education Justice Network. He chairs the Alliance for Excellent Education, which he helped found. In addition to these organizations, his extended family (the Leeds/Jobin-Leeds) launched the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement.

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Linda Darling-Hammond

Learning Policy Institute, President and CEO; Stanford University, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus
Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD, is president and chief executive officer of the Learning Policy Institute and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University. Dr. Darling-Hammond founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign. She continues to teach part-time in the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
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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.
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N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, President; Educational Testing Service, Senior Vice President
N. Gerry House, EdD, is president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of ETS. Prior to joining ISA, Dr. House spent fifteen years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, TN, and Chapel Hill, NC.
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Joan Huffer

Independent Consultant
Joan Huffer worked in the U.S. Senate for twenty-seven years. She served on the Senate Budget Committee, first as an analyst on major entitlement programs including social security, income security, and Medicaid, and later as senior analyst for education and appropriations issues.
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Christopher Edley Jr.

University of California Berkeley School of Law, The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor, and Former Dean; Co-founder and Co-president, The Opportunity Institute
Christopher Edley Jr. served as dean of Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) from 2004 to 2013, after twenty-three years as a Harvard Law professor. His academic work is primarily in the areas of administrative law, civil rights, education policy, and domestic public policy. Mr. Edley has moved between academia and public service, each enriching the other and together giving him broad familiarity with many areas of public policy.
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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.
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Daniel H. Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Governing Board Chairman
Daniel Leeds is the founder and president of the National Public Education Support Fund, which organizes the Education Funders Strategy Group, the Partnership for the Future of Learning, and the Education Justice Network. He chairs the Alliance for Excellent Education, which he helped found. In addition to these organizations, his extended family (the Leeds/Jobin-Leeds) launched the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement.
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.
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Michael O’Keefe

Minneapolis College of Art and Design; President Emeritus
Michael T. O’Keefe served as president of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), one of the nation’s highly regarded private art and design colleges, from 2002 to June 2009. Beginning with a position in the then U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, he has had a career-long engagement in education policy discussions, through work in nonprofits, foundations and the education program of the Aspen Institute.
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Vijay Ravindran

Amazon veteran with extensive experience injecting innovation into legacy companies and leading startups from creative ideas to successful operations
Vijay Ravindran is an Amazon veteran with extensive experience injecting innovation into legacy companies and leading startups from creative ideas to successful operations. From February 2009 to December 2015, Mr. Ravindran was senior vice president and chief digital officer at Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company). While at Graham Holdings, he was also the day-to-day chief executive officer of its social news business, Trove.
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Charles P. Rose

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., Shareholder; U.S. Department of Education, Former General Counsel
Charlie Rose is a shareholder at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., and chair of the firm’s education practice. Mr. Rose is former 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.