Lindsay Dworkin joined the Alliance in February 2017 as director of policy development and state government relations, where she supports states in their work to close achievement gaps and ensure that all children get the education they deserve and graduate from high school ready for college and a career. Ms. Dworkin is particularly focused on helping states understand the opportunities presented by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and implement the new law in ways that advance educational equity and excellence for all of students while reflecting local needs and priorities.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Dworkin served as deputy assistant secretary for outreach in the office of communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), where she led ED’s stakeholder engagement efforts and worked on the senior leadership team implementing ESSA. Before coming to Washington, DC, she was education policy advisor and legal counsel to Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D). In that role, she led efforts to develop and implement policies to improve the state’s education system from early childhood through postsecondary, including expanding access to college, reimagining leadership opportunities and compensation structures for educators, improving teacher preparation programs, and creating new career pathways in high schools throughout the state. Ms. Dworkin also oversaw legislative and stakeholder relations and coordinated the policy and communications teams at the Delaware Department of Education. Her skills in communicating simply and effectively about education policy are enhanced by her strong legal background, which has allowed her to effectively draft and analyze legislation and understand the best way for policymakers to approach issues.
Prior to working in Gov. Markell’s office, Ms. Dworkin was associate counsel at the University of Delaware and clerked for the Honorable Thomas Ambro on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has a JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley; an MPA degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University; and a BA degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.