Education Policy Thought Leaders

  • Steve Barr, Green Dot Schools, Founder and Chair Emeritus

    “Barr’s education work has attracted significant notice because of Green Dot’s July 2008 takeover of long-struggling Locke High in South Los Angeles.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has cited Green Dot’s approach as one model for the essential turnaround of the nation’s high school ‘dropout factories.’” – L.A. Times, December 2, 2009

  • Howard Fuller, Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Founder

    Howard Fuller is the founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. Previously, Howard served as Superintendent of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin school district.

  • Lisa Graham Keegan, Senior Education Policy Advisor to Senator McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns
  • Andy Rotherham, former advisor to President Clinton and Co-founder of Ed Sector
  • Don Shalvey, Founder of Aspire Charter Schools.
  • Joe Williams, Democrats for Education Reform, Executive Director

    Joe is a former newspaper journalist and author of the book Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education. Previously, he covered the New York City schools system for the New York Daily News and was an education reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he won numerous local, state, and national awards for his coverage of the Milwaukee Public Schools and the city’s groundbreaking school choice programs.

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
-Henry David Thoreau