Co-Chairs and Advisory Council

Helen Ladd, BBA Co-Chair

Dr. Helen F. Ladd is the Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University. Ladd is a prolific researcher in the field of education policy, a member of the management team of the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and a member of the National Academy of Education. With Edward Fiske, she is the editor of The Handbook of Research on Educational Finance and Policy, the official handbook of the American Education Finance Association. She is currently serving as President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, with tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and in the Department of Sociology. He is also Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). Noguera has authored five books on a range of topics and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. In 2009, he was appointed by the Governor to serve as a State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee.

Thomas Payzant, BBA Co-Chair

Dr. Thomas W. Payzant is currently a professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to this position he served as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools from October of 1995 until his retirement in June of 2006. Before coming to Boston, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education with the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to his tenure in Boston, Payzant has served as superintendent of Schools in San Diego; Oklahoma City; Eugene, Oregon; and Springfield, Pennsylvania. In February, 2011, Jossey-Bass published his book, Urban School Leadership.

Advisory Council

Susan B. Neuman*
University of Michigan

Richard Rothstein*
Research Associate
Economic Policy Institute

Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO

Nancy Cantor
Syracuse University

Christopher Cross
Cross & Joftus, LLC

Sharon Darling
President and Founder
National Center for Family Literacy

Dan Domenech
Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators

Norm Fruchter
Senior Policy Analyst
Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Francisco Guajardo
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
University of Texas - Pan American

Ira Harkavy
Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
University of Pennsylvania

Glen Harvey
Chief Executive Officer

Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming
LifeLearn Associates

Jeanne Jehl
Senior Consultant
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Joseph F., Jr. Johnson
Executive Director, National Center for Urban School Transformation
San Diego State University

Linda Juszczak
Executive Director
National Assembly on School Based Health Care

David Kirp
Goldman School of Public Policy, U.C., Berkeley

Dale McDonald, PBVM, PhD
Director of Public Policy and Education Research
National Catholic Educational Association

Ellen Meyers
Teachers Network

David Olds
Director, Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health
University of Colorado, Denver

Jane Quinn
Vice President for Community Schools and Director, National Center for Community Schools
The Children's Aid Society

Michael A. Rebell
Executive Director
Campaign for Eduational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jan Resseger
Minister for Public Education and Witness
United Church of Christ

Mike Rose
Professor, Graduate School of Education

Dorene Ross
University of Florida

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey
Say Yes to Education

Philip Uri Treisman
Director, Charles A. Dana Center
University of Texas, Austin

Dennis Van Roekel
National Education Association

Mark Warren
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Randi Weingarten
American Federation of Teachers

Heather B. Weiss
Harvard Family Research Project

Nicole Yohalem
Director of Special Projects
The Forum for Youth Investment

* Co-Chair

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