Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD
Linda Darling-Hammond, is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. Dr. Darling-Hammond was the founding executive director of the National Commission for Teaching and America's Future, the blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future catalyzed major policy changes across the United States to improve the quality of teacher education and teaching. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of teaching quality, school reform, and educational equity.
Frederick James Frelow, PhD
Fred Frelow is the education and scholarship program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom program and Education, Sexuality and Religion unit. Previously he served as the director of Early College Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation where he was responsible for managing the development of fourteen early college high schools.
N. Gerry House, EdD
Gerry House has been president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent fifteen years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, Tennessee and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. House has also served as a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent.
Joan Huffer is the director of the federal budget initiative at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a project that provides information and technical assistance about federal budget, tax, and low-income policies to state nonprofit organizations. Previously, Ms. Huffer worked in the U.S. Senate for twenty-seven years in various capacities. She served two stints on the Senate Budget Committee, most recently as a senior analyst for education and appropriations issues.
Gerard and Lilo Leeds
Gerard and Lilo Leeds founded the Alliance for Excellent Education in December 1999, and served as the first chair and vice-chair, respectively, of its board of directors.
In 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Leeds launched CMP Media, Inc., which became a leader in providing information and internet services for high-tech industries. The company was well known for its socially responsible policies, especially for its pioneering onsite day care center. When, in 1988, they turned the management of the company over to their sons, Mr. and Mrs. Leeds turned their attention to giving back to a society that had been very good to them, principally by working to improve the education of children at risk of failure.
Daniel Leeds is founder and chair of Education Voters of America and the Education Funders Strategy Group. Mr. Leeds also helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education, for which he serves as chair of its governing board. In addition to these organizations, he and his extended family—the Leeds and Jobin-Leeds—have launched, funded, and advocated on behalf of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement. Mr. Leeds is also president of Fulcrum Investments LLC, a private investment firm.
C. Kent McGuire, PhD
Kent McGuire is president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. SEF focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States. Through a variety of programs and services, SEF has been particularly concerned with questions of equal access to quality education for children and youth and to the participation and success of poor and minority students in postsecondary education.
Michael T. O’Keefe
Michael O'Keefe served as president of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) from 2002 to June 2009. MCAD is one of the nation’s highly regarded private art and design colleges, offering fifteen undergraduate majors including fine arts, design, illustration, animation, and multi-media; post-baccalaureate study; and a fine arts master’s degree program.
Vijay Ravindran joined the Washington Post Company as senior vice president and chief digital officer in February 2009. Previously, as chief technology officer of Catalist LLC—a start-up political technology company that built a national voter database of information on more than 260 million people—Mr. Ravindran led all the technology aspects of developing the company’s software products and services. He joined Catalist at its inception in 2005. During the 2008 election cycle, Catalist worked with ninety political and not-for-profit organizations, including the Obama for America presidential campaign.
Charles P. Rose
Charlie Rose is 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 serves 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.
Harold M. Williams
Harold Williams is counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is also president emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, CA, and was president and chief executive officer for seventeen years. Prior to assuming his position with the Trust, Mr. Williams was the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has served as dean and professor of management of the Graduate School of Management, UCLA, and chairman of the board of Norton Simon, Inc.
For the past twenty-five 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 four hundred students enrolled, Palo Alto High School’s journalism program is now the largest in the United States.