Audrey M. Hutchinson is the program director of education and afterschool initiatives at the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. In this capacity, she directs a multimillion-dollar national education initiative—funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation—to help mayors and city council members use their leadership to improve the quality of K–12 education in urban districts.
Prior to joining the National League of Cities, Hutchinson served in the Clinton administration for eight years. During this time, she held several senior positions at the White House and U.S. Department of Education and worked on key initiatives regarding school-to-work transition, higher education, and international education. Hutchinson also served as chief of staff for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and contributed to the published report, One America in the 21st Century: Forging a New Future.
Hutchinson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Purchase and two master’s degrees from Columbia University: one in social work and the other in public health.