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.
From 1994 to 2002 Mr. Cross served as president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education (CBE). Before joining CBE, he served as director of the Education Initiative of the Business Roundtable and as assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
Mr. Cross chaired the National Assessment of Title I Independent Review Panel on Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education from 1995 to 2001 and the National Research Council Panel on Minority Representation in Special Education from 1997 to 2002. He currently chairs a National Research Council panel on early childhood mathematics. He is on the board of trustees of Whittier College and serves on the board of EdSource. In March 2002, Mr. Cross facilitated the negotiated rule-making process on Title I for ED.
In 2001, Mr. Cross completed a six-year term on the board of International Comparative Studies in Education for the National Research Council, and chaired the National Council for Education and Humanities Development at the George Washington University from its inception in 2000 through 2002. He also is a former board member of The New Teacher Project. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Cross served as president of the Maryland State Board of Education. He was a member of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning.
Mr. Cross has written extensively in the education and public policy areas and has been published in numerous scholarly and technical publications, including Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan, the College Board Review, the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, and the Los Angeles Times. He and Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Ohio, are coauthored the article, “Systems, Not Superheroes,” published in the Winter 2008 edition of the Journal of Scholarship and Practice by the American Association of School Administrators.
Mr. Cross’s book, Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age, describes the people and events that have shaped federal K–12 education policy from the time of the Eisenhower administration through the passage of the 2001 amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was published in November 2003 by Teachers College Press. Mr. Cross is also the coeditor of Minorities in Gifted and Special Education, published in 2002 by the National Academies Press. He has lectured on American education issues in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Cross has a BA degree from Whittier College and an MA in government from California State University, Los Angeles.