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.

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Dan Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Governing Board Chairman

Dan Leeds is 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 (All4Ed), which he helped found. In addition to these organizations, his extended family (Leeds and Jobin-Leeds) launched the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement.

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Leslie Cornfeld

Former Special Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education; Former Federal Prosecutor; Former Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, NYC
Leslie Cornfeld has devoted her career to advancing opportunity equity for the nation’s underserved populations through their schools, communities, justice systems, and unconventional allies with a focus on cities as agents of change.
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Frederick J. Frelow

Frelow & Associates, Chief Executive Officer
Frederick J. Frelow, PhD, is chief executive officer for Frelow & Associates in Nyack, New York. Previously, he served as interim president for the Southern Education Foundation. From 2008 to 2017, Dr. Frelow worked at the Ford Foundation in its education and scholarship program in the United States.
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N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, Former President
N. Gerry House, EdD, is former president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of Educational Testing Services (ETS), and senior vice president at ETS. She is currently a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
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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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Dan Leeds

Alliance for Excellent Education, Governing Board Chairman
Dan Leeds is 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 (All4Ed), which he helped found. In addition to these organizations, his extended family (Leeds and Jobin-Leeds) launched the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement.
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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

Floreo, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer
Vijay Ravindran is an entrepreneur and technology executive with experience in online retail at Amazon and the news media industry for the Washington Post Company. He is currently cofounder and chief executive officer of Floreo, a venture-backed start-up developing virtual reality therapy for children with social and communication delays.
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Roberto J. Rodríguez

Teach Plus, President and Chief Executive Officer
Roberto J. Rodríguez is president and chief executive officer of Teach Plus. He spearheads the organization’s work to grow and strengthen the teacher leadership movement by developing and advancing teachers as leaders in education policy and practice, and by supporting their contribution to educational innovation and change in classrooms and schools.
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Charles P. Rose

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., Shareholder and Cochair of Education Practice; U.S. Department of Education, Former General Counsel
Charlie Rose is a shareholder at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. and cochair 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 served 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

Trinity University, Visiting Radford Professor of Practice in Urban Education
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, LLC, 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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Esther Wojcicki

Teacher of Journalism and English, Palo Alto High School (CA); Advisory Council Vice Chair, Creative Commons
For the past thirty-plus 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 400 students enrolled, the high school’s journalism program is now the largest in the United States. She is coauthor of the best-selling education book Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (Pacific Research Institute, 2015). She also serves as chief learning officer for explore at Planet3.

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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

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.