Richard W. Riley, Co-Chair

Richard W. Riley, Co-Chair

Secretary Riley, one of the most lauded public education advocates of our time for his distinguished public service record and leadership in education reform, has served as co-chair of NCTAF since 2005. A former U.S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001), he helped launch initiatives to raise academic standards; improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged; increase family and business involvement in education; promote afterschool academic...

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Ted Sanders, Co-Chair

Ted Sanders, Co-Chair

Ted Sanders, retired President of the Education Commission of the States, has dedicated more than 45 years to education policy and leadership, having held high-level posts in state and federal government, as well as other public, not-for-profit and private entities. Ted Sanders serves as NCTAF Co-Chair, where he has been a dedicated member of the Commission since 1994. Ted’s distinguished career includes extensive leadership in K-12 and...

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Michele Cahill

Michele Cahill

Michele Cahill has more than thirty years’ experience working in the areas of education reform, youth development and urban affairs. Most recently, Cahill was Vice-President for the National Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she led the philanthropy’s strategy to expand educational opportunity through systemic change across K-12, to increase graduation and degree completion by urban and low-income students, and to...

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Richard A. Carranza

Richard A. Carranza

Richard A. Carranza is the Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Carranza has been with SFUSD for six years, first as the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice before becoming Superintendent in 2012. As Superintendent, he has a district-wide focus on teacher capacity-building to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. In his advisory role with NCTAF, Carranza shares lessons learned...

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Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond is President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University. She founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign. She continues to teach part-time in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She previously served as Director...

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Geneviève DeBose

Geneviève DeBose

Geneviève DeBose is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school in Los Angeles (her hometown), Oakland, and the South Bronx for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher who returned to the classroom in September 2014 after three years of policy work at the national level. She strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment and that learning experiences for children should be...

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Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (www.rosesinconcrete.org), and the Community Responsive Education Group (CRE), working with schools and districts around the world to develop and support effective classroom and school cultures. As a classroom...

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Patrick S. Finn

Patrick S. Finn

Patrick S. Finn is a Senior Executive, Consultant, Advisor and Investor. Formerly, he lead Cisco’s sales, growth strategy and integrated business plans for U.S. Governments (state, local and federal), educational institutions at all levels and public healthcare. His team worked to transform how the public sector protects, serves and educates by leveraging the network and technology to connect, innovate and lead. Finn’s Public Sector team...

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Frederick James Frelow

Frederick James Frelow

Fred Frelow works on issues of education and scholarship in the United States. His grant making focuses on improving the quality of teaching in secondary schools serving low-income, minority, and immigrant children. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2008, he was 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...

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Kaya Henderson

Kaya Henderson

Kaya Henderson has served as Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) since November 2010. Under Henderson’s leadership, DCPS has become the fastest-improving urban school district in the country. Henderson has championed the launch and expansion of a range of innovative programs – such as blended learning, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model and extended-day – to increase academic achievement for all students. As a result, students across the...

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Daniel Leeds

Daniel Leeds

Dan Leeds is the founder and president of the National Public Education Support Fund, which organizes the Education Funder Strategy Group and international study tours of high performing education systems for policy makers, practitioners, business executives and philanthropic leaders. He helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education, which he currently chairs. He is also on the Board of the PBS Foundation. His international technology media...

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Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

Dr. Monica Martinez is an author, education consultant and strategist, and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She dedicates her time with nonprofits, foundations, and education systems across the K-16 sector. Her career encompasses major programmatic, management, and executive leadership roles and is marked both by her vast knowledge of secondary reform and college readiness and by hands-on...

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Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta is an associate professor in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary research interest is in understanding what it would take to create high quality schooling at scale, with a particular interest in the professionalization of teaching. He is the co-editor of the recently released The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012) and the author of the forthcoming The Allure of Order: High...

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Ellen Moir

Ellen Moir

Ellen Moir is the founder and CEO of the New Teacher Center, a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. Moir is widely recognized for her work in beginning teacher development and school reform. She has extensive experience in public education, having previously served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of California at Santa Cruz and...

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Mark Musick

Mark Musick

Mark Musick held the James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for more than eight years, an endowed chair in the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University, where he was responsible for assisting the College in Building on its reputation as the principal provider of education and related service professionals in East Tennessee. The chair holder actively participates in the life of the campus by teaching...

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Steven L. Paine

Steven L. Paine

Steven L. Paine is a nationally recognized leader in systemic education improvement and school transformation, currently serving as Educational Innovation Leader with the San Francisco-based organization BrightBytes. Paine works with the talented BrightBytes research team gathering ideas from education experts and creating evidence-based frameworks that are combined with data to provide tools to understand and quickly improve student learning...

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Richard L. Schwab

Richard L. Schwab

Dr. Richard L. Schwab is a recognized leader and researcher in the field of teacher preparation and education reform. His experience in education has spanned four decades, beginning with a job in Chelmsford, Mass. as an eighth-grade history teacher. He went on to earn both a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Administration at UConn, before spending 10 years on the education faculty at the University of New Hampshire. He spent the...

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Molly M. Spearman

Molly M. Spearman

Molly Mitchell Spearman was elected as the 18th South Carolina State Superintendent of Education on November 4, 2014. Native to Saluda County, Mrs. Spearman’s childhood laid the foundations of family, faith, and hard work that transcended into her professional career as an educator and civil servant. Superintendent Spearman’s career has spanned 18 years as a public school music teacher and an assistant principal. In addition to teaching and...

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Robert L. Wehling

Robert L. Wehling

Robert L. Wehling has worked on education improvement at the local, state, and national level for 50 years. Wehling joined Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, where he served as Global Marketing Officer and founded Family Friendly Programming Forum. Except for three years in the U.S. Air Force, he spent his entire career at P&G, retiring after 41 years in 2001. He spent his career in a variety of marketing, public relations,...

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