Betsy Brand is director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). AYPF is a nonpartisan professional development organization providing learning opportunities for national, state, and local policymakers working on education and youth issues. AYPF provides information on best and innovative practices and policies that help youth succeed in education, college, and careers. Ms. Brand began working at AYPF in 1998 as co-director.
Ms. Brand started her career in education policy on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and subsequently served on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, where she handled all education and workforce legislation. From 1989–1993, Ms. Brand served as assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. From 1993–1998, she operated her own consulting firm, Workforce Futures, Inc., focusing on policy and best practices affecting education, workforce preparation, and youth development.