Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

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Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF


WASHINGTON, DC – March 9, 2015 – Patrick S. Finn, the Senior Vice President of Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Organization, has been named a commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.

“We are very pleased to welcome Pat to the Commission.  He has been a true champion of public education, leading the charge at Cisco to develop new technologies that can support great teaching,” said The Honorable Richard W. Riley, Co-chair of NCTAF and former U.S. Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton.  “His insights from the technology and business sectors offer a unique perspective that is critical to inform NCTAF’s work.”

Finn leads Cisco’s growth and integrated business plan for federal, state and local governments, as well as educational institutions at all levels.  He also serves on the Cisco Foundation board that provides guidance to Cisco’s philanthropic investments.  Finn is well-known and highly regarded for his strong commitment to Inwood House, which improves the lives of inner-city children through education and positive work experiences.

“We are so delighted to include Pat’s on-the-ground perspective, as we continue working together to ensure that every child has access to quality teaching in a school organized for success,” said Ted Sanders, Co-chair of NCTAF and a former Under Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education under President George H.W. Bush.

NCTAF President Melinda George added, “NCTAF has enjoyed its relationship with Pat and Cisco.  Most recently, we worked together on a ‘100Kin10’ commitment to significantly increase the number of STEM teachers throughout our nation.  Pat Finn will be an asset to our organization.”



The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) was founded in 1994 as a bipartisan effort to engage education policymakers and practitioners to address the entrenched national challenge of recruiting, developing, and retaining great teachers in order to ensure that all students have access to quality teaching in schools organized for success. For 20 years, NCTAF has worked to drive and inform the national dialogue about the importance of great teaching, especially in hard-to-staff schools. NCTAF’s research and recommendations inform innovations and improvements in teaching quality nationwide, focus attention on the importance of equitable distribution and retention of teachers, and promote promising practices for the development of teachers’ skills and career pathways.

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