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President’s Policy Council

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

University of Michigan, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the founding director of TeachingWorks.

Peggy Brookins

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, President and CEO
Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) as executive vice president in December 2014, and was named president and chief excecutive officer in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades.

Anthony Carnevale

Georgetown University, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Dr. Carnevale currently serves as Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He has a wealth of experience working at the intersection of education and employment policy. Among his leadership positions, Dr. Carnevale has served as Chair of the Human Resources Sub-Committee of the White House Commission on Productivity under President Ronald Reagan, as Vice President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and as Director of Human Resource and Employment Studies at the Committee for Economic Development (CED).

Milton Chen

George Lucas Educational Foundation, Executive Director and Senior Fellow
Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a nonprofit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes its multimedia website, Edutopia.org, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for twenty-first-century schools. Dr. Chen has served as executive director of GLEF for twelve years.

Christopher Cross

Chairman, Cross & Joftus, LLC; Consultant, Broad Foundation and C.S. Mott Foundation
Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, LLC, an education policy consulting firm. Mr. Cross also serves as a consultant to the Broad Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation. He has served as a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy and as a distinguished senior fellow with the Education Commission of the States.

David Driscoll

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Former Commissioner of Education
David P. Driscoll is former commissioner of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has worked in public education and educational leadership for most of his adult life.

Virginia B. Edwards

Editorial Projects in Education, Former President & CEO; Education Week, Former Editor-in-Chief
As president of Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), Virginia “Ginny” Edwards oversees the ninety-person, $14.5 million-a-year nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org. She has held the post since 1997.

Caroline Hendrie

Education Writers Association, Executive Director
Caroline Hendrie is executive director of the Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for members of the news media who cover education. She leads strategy, development and programming for the nonprofit organization in support of its mission to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.

JD Hoye

National Academy Foundation, President
JD Hoye is the President of the National Academy Foundation (NAF).With a deep commitment to preparing students for college and meaningful careers, Ms. Hoye has worked at both the grassroots and the highest levels of government to reform how young people are engaged in learning and how they are positioned to pursue their academic interests and career goals. Through this work, she has become a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers.

John Jackson

Schott Foundation for Public Education, President and Chief Executive Officer
John Jackson became the president and chief executive officer of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in July 2007 after seven years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), during which he served as its chief policy officer and, prior to that, the national director of education. In his role at the Schott Foundation, Dr. Jackson leads its efforts to ensure a high-quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender.

James W. Kohlmoos

EDGE Consulting Partners, Cofounder and Principal
Jim Kohlmoos is cofounder and principal of EDGE Consulting Partners, a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia, that focuses on policy, strategy, advocacy, and innovation in education.

Arthur Levine

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, President
Arthur E. Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Levine served previously as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Margaret (Peggy) R. McLeod

National Council of La Raza, Deputy Vice President of Education and Workforce Development
Margaret (Peggy) R. McLeod, EdD, serves as deputy vice president of education and workforce development at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Washington, DC.

Marc Morial

National Urban League, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Morial is chief executive officer of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. In a distinguished professional career that has spanned twenty-five years, Mr. Morial has served as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor, and president of U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

Terry Peterson

Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network; Chairperson of Board of Directors, After School Alliance
Terry K. Peterson is director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network. He also serves as chairperson of the board of directors for the After School Alliance and is senior fellow for policy and partnerships at the College of Charleston. Dr. Peterson serves on the executive committee of the National Center for Summer Learning at John Hopkins University, the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, and the Mayor of Charleston’s School Reform Committee. He is involved in international education efforts, most recently in Argentina, Mongolia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Denmark.

Raymond C. Pierce

Southern Education Foundation, President and Chief Executive Officer
president and chief executive officer of Southern Education Foundation (SEF) where he is responsible for leading the organization’s vision and strategy in support of carrying out SEF’s mission to ensure equity and excellence in education for students from low-income families and students of color in the South. He brings critical expertise from the fields of education and civil rights policy and law.

DeRionne Pollard

Montgomery College, President
In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 60,000 credit and noncredit students, and spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. Dr. Pollard has partnered actively with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help students transition from high school to college completion.

Hugh Price

Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow
Hugh B. Price is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the nation’s oldest think tank. His activities include writing and editing books, preparing policy briefs, and convening roundtables on topics of longstanding interest, such as education, civil rights, equal opportunity, and criminal justice.

Richard Riley

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Former Governor of South Carolina; Senior Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Richard W. Riley is currently a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, a distinguished professor and advisory board chair of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University, a distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina, and distinguished senior fellow at NAFSA Association of International Educators. He is also former U.S. Secretary of Education and former governor of South Carolina.

Sharon P. Robinson

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, President and CEO
Sharon P. Robinson, EdD, has been serving as president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education since 2005.

Jon Schnur

America Achieves, Executive Chairman
Jon Schnur is Executive Chairman of America Achieves. Jon helped to found America Achieves and helps to shape the organization’s overall strategy and work. Jon co-founded New Leaders for New Schools – a national non-profit organization ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale – and served as its CEO from 2000 until last year.

Susan Sclafani

Education Consultant
Susan Sclafani is an education consultant who previously served as vice president for program management at Pearson Education Services Private Limited as well as vice president of programs at Pearson Foundation.

Nancy L. Zimpher

State University of New York, Chancellor
In 2009, Nancy Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. At SUNY, Dr. Zimpher implemented sweeping reforms that ensure SUNY can provide broad access to higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic revitalization across the state.
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