Gary Hoachlander is president of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Recently established by the James Irvine Foundation, ConnectEd is dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research designed to help young people prepare for college and career—both goals and not one or the other. ConnectEd has as its primary mission supporting the development of multiple pathways by which young people can complete high school, enroll in postsecondary education, attain a formal credential, and embark on lasting success in work, community, and civic affairs.
Beginning his career in 1966 as a brakeman for the Western Maryland Railroad, Dr. Hoachlander has devoted most of his professional life to helping young people learn by doing—connecting education to the opportunities, challenges, and many different rewards to be found through work. Widely known for his expertise in career and technical education and many other aspects of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, Dr. Hoachlander has consulted extensively for the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, local school districts, foundations, and a variety of other clients.
Dr. Hoachlander is also Chairman of MPR Associates, Inc., an educational research and development organization closely affiliated with ConnectEd, and is also one of the country’s leading policy analysts for the U.S. Department of Education, including the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Dr. Hoachlander earned a BA degree at Princeton University and holds Master’s and PhD degrees from the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley.