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The Churn: The Latest Moves in Education

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Linda Perlstein, who was director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute, is joining the Center for Reinventing Public Education as director of impact.

Renata Lyons, who was research manager at the Council of the Great City Schools, has joined the College Board as director of policy and data analysis.

Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will become the first female president of Northwestern University.

Chelsea Waite, who was a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, is now a senior researcher at the Center for Reinventing Public Education.

Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, director of educational equity and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, will join the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an adviser on racial equity.

Valentina Payne, who was chief growth officer at brightbeam, is now a chief of staff at Bellwether Education Partners.

Paolo DeMaria, who was Ohio's superintendent of public instruction, has been named president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education. He replaces Robert Hull, who is retiring in December.

Bavu Blakes, a cultural proficiency and inclusiveness specialist for Austin Independent School District,  is now a lead partner at Transforming Education.

Alicia Nance, founder and chief equity officer at She Who Leans, is now a senior partner at Transforming Education.

Sarah Stone, a social-emotional learning specialist at Austin Independent School District, is now a lead partner at Transforming Education.

Felicia Cumings Smith, a senior director at the National Geographic Society and a former assistant superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky, has been named president of the National Center for Families Learning.

Van Schoales, long-time president of A+ Colorado, is now senior policy director at Keystone Policy Center and founding partner of Education Civil Rights Now at 50CAN.

Pedro Martinez, superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District, will become chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools.

Brenna Copeland, a program director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is now chief financial officer for JeffCo Public Schools in Colorado.

Ross Brenneman, director of media relations for the USC Rossier School of Education and a former Education Week reporter, will become education editor for radio station KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles.

Amanda Fuchs Miller, an education consultant and former Teach for America vice president, is now legislative director for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Jim Blew and Bob Eitel, who served in top positions in the U.S. Education Department under Secretary Betsy DeVos, are launching the Defense of Freedom Institute for Policies Studies, a conservative group focused on limited government, free speech and religious liberty within the education and labor spheres.

Angela King Smith, a business consultant at the North Highland Company and former Atlanta Public Schools chief strategy officer, has joined Education Resource Strategies as a partner, leading consulting teams.

Ventura Rodríguez, Jr., a senior associate commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has joined Education Resource Strategies as a partner, leading consulting teams.

Charlene Russell-Tucker, who was serving as Connecticut's interim education secretary, has been named to the position permanently.

Ethan Kabaraji Bakuli, a reporter at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, is joining Chalkbeat Detroit as a K-12 education reporter.

Lindsay Sobel, vice president of policy and external affairs at Teach Plus, has been named interim CEO. She succeeds Roberto Rodriguez, who has been nominated to serve in the U.S. Education Department.

Ernest Ezeugo, who was a policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, is now policy and advocacy director for higher education and workforce at Young Invincibles.

Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, a former managing editor of Education Week and a senior partner at Widmeyer/Finn Partners, has joined Hager Sharp as executive vice president leading the communications' firm education, labor, and economy practice.

Abigail Swisher, who was senior national policy associate at Educators for Excellence, has moved to NCTQ as their director of policy and programs.

Bryan Rotach, who was senior director of operations transformation for City Year, will become senior director of operations for the Center for Learner Equity.

Michele Mason, executive director of the Newark Charter School Fund, has been named chief operating officer of 50CAN.

Max Margolius, director of research at America's Promise Alliance, will become TransformEd’s Director of research & learning.

Steve Cochrane, superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools in New Jersey, is the new executive director of the Institute for Humane Education.

Zakiya Jackson, who was vice president of advocacy at The Expectations Project in Washington, D.C., has been named president.

David Harris, a partner at The City Fund, will become executive vice president of Christel House International, which runs schools for disadvantaged children across the world.

Elisa New, an American literature professor at Harvard University, has been named director of the new Center for Public Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Kurt Steinhaus, who was superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, has been named New Mexico's secretary of public education.

Mary Cathryn Ricker, who was Minnesota commissioner of education, has been named executive director of the Albert Shanker Institute. She replaces Leo Casey, who will become an assistant to the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Brian J. Pick, who was chief of teaching and learning at the District of Columbia Public Schools, will become director of education grant making for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

Candice McQueen, CEO of the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching and a former Tennessee commissioner of Education, has been named president of Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Taylor Swaak, who previously worked as a reporter at The 74, is  joining The Chronicle of Higher Education, to cover tech innovations in higher education.

Brian Lopez, who previously worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is now the public education reporter at The Texas Tribune.

Mubuso Zamchiya, managing director of the Luminos Fund, an international NGO, has been named managing director of the Age of Learning Foundation.

Swati Adarkar, who was president and CEO of Children's Institute in Oregon, has become a director of national policy at Start Early.

Rosario Ceballo, associate dean for social sciences and professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at the University of Michigan,.has been selected as the next dean of Georgetown College.

Jay Greene, a professor studying education reform at the University of Arkansas, is joining The Heritage Foundation as a senior research fellow in its Center for Education Policy.

Greg Richmond, former chief executive officer of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and a FutureEd senior fellow, has been named superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Wesley Whistle, a senior advisor for policy and strategy with New America's education policy program, is moving to Capitol Hill where he will work for Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, who serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Aleksandra Appleton, an education reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is joining Chalkbeat Indiana as a state reporter.

Mary Ann "Mimi" Haley, deputy director and interim CEO of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, has been named executive director of the National Youth Employment Coalition.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community College system, will take a temporary job advising U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on higher ed issues.

Kali Thorne Ladd, executive director and co-founder of KairosPDX, has been named chief executive officer of the Children’s Institute in Portland, Ore.

Joe Scantlebury, vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has been named CEO of Living Cities, a a collaborative of 19 major foundations and financial institutions that works to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.

Luke Ragland, president of Ready Colorado, will become senior vice president of the Daniels Fund's grant program.

Chip Slaven, chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association, has been named interim executive director and CEO of the organization.

Dia Bryant, a long-time New York City educator who has been serving as interim executive director of The Education Trust-New York, has been named executive director.

Christopher Nellum, who was deputy director of The Education Trust-West, has been named executive director.

Steve McCammon, president and CEO of the Schlechty Center in Louisville, Kentucky, will also take on the role of executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable when the two centers merge in September. Roundtable founder James Harvey is retiring at the end of the year.

Christine M. T. Pitts, research and evaluation manager at Portland Public Schools, is joining the Center for Reinventing Public Education as a resident policy fellow.

David James, who retired recently after 13 years as superintendent of Akron Public Schools, will become deputy superintendent for operations in neighboring Columbus Public Schools.

Jason D. Delisle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will become a senior policy fellow at the Urban Institute.

Katy Neas, who was senior vice president of public affairs at APTA, will become deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Hayley Matz Meadvin, a director at Precision Strategies with experience working in communications for Chicago Public Schools, will become a senior advisor in the Secretary of Education's office.

Chris Soto, director of innovation and partnerships at the Connecticut State Department of Education, has been named a senior advisor in Secretary of Education's office.

Toby Merrill, who founded and directed the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, will become the Education Department's deputy general counsel.

Antoinette Flores, who managing director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, has been named a senior advisor for ARP Implementation in the Education Department's Office of Postsecondary Education.

Deven Comen, who led external partnerships for College Board Opportunity Scholarships, will become chief of staff for the Education's Department Office of Communications and Outreach.

Abel McDaniels, a community school director in New York City, will join the U.S. Education Department as a special assistant in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Charles Wright, Jr,  a former deputy superintendent in Seattle, will become vice president of strategy, finance, and operations for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Josephine Bias Robinson, a family engagement facilitator at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and former chief of family and public engagement for the District of Columbia Public Schools, will become the inaugural executive director of the D.C. Education Research Collaborative housed at the Urban Institute.

Kent Pekel, president and CEO of the Search Instiute, is now interim superintendent of Rochester Public Schools.

Patrick Gaspard, an Obama administration official who was president of the Open Society Foundations, has been named president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the CEO of CAP Action Fund.

Sivan Tuchman, a research analyst at the Center for Reinventing Public Education, is leaving to launch Datability, a consulting firm focused on special education.

Matt Navo, director of systems transformation for the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention at WestEd, has been named executive director of California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.

Martin West, professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and editor-in-chief of EdNext, will become the academic dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Richard Buery, CEO of Achievement First charter schools, will become the head of the Robin Hood Foundation.

Lisette Partelow, senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, K-12 Education, at the Center for American Progress, is joining D.C.'s Office of the State Superintendent of Schools.

José Torres, a former schools superintendent in Illinois's Elgin U-46, district, will serve as the interim schools chief of Chicago Public Schools.

Sandra Bruce, who has been deputy inspector general at the U.S. Education Department, has been nominated to become inspector general.

Alice Abrokwa, who was senior staff attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, has been appointed a senior counsel at the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

Miriam Calderon, early learning system director for the state of Oregon, has been named deputy assistant secretary of education for policy and early learning in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Gypsy Moore, in-house legal counsel for the Center for American Progress, has been appointed senior counsel in the Education Department's  Office of the General Counsel.

Tiffany Taber, a senior advisor at The Education Trust, will become managing writer at the Education Department's Office of Communications and Outreach.

Betheny Gross, associate director of the Center for Reinventing Public Education, is joining WGU Labs, where she'll lead a team of researchers exploring innovation in education.

Marc Sternberg, K-12 education program director at the Walton Family Foundation, is stepping down to launch A-Street Ventures, a privately sponsored investment fund focused on seeding and scaling innovative K-12 student learning and achievement solutions.

Romy Drucker, deputy director of the Walton Family Foundation's K-12 education program, will become director.

Holly Tilden, managing director of Nashville Teacher Residency, has been named executive director of the teacher training program.

Christina Grant, chief of charter schools and innovation for the Philadelphia school district, has been nominated to serve as D.C.'s superintendent of education, the equivalent of the state chief role.

Tanya Ang, who was vice president of Veterans Education Success, is now, senior advocacy director at Higher Learning Advocates.

Jonathan Raymond, who served as superintendent in Sacramento and as president of the Stuart Foundation, has been named the next superintendent for New Rochelle City Schools.

Eshauna Smith, who was CEO of Urban Alliance, is joining the Ballmer Group Philanthropy team as director of community mobilization.

Mohammed Choudhury, associate superintendent and chief strategy, talent and innovation officer for the San Antonio Independent School District, has been named Maryland state superintendent of schools.

Curtis Valentine and Tressa Pankovits, deputy director and associate director, respectively, of the Progressive Policy Institute's Reinventing America’s Schools Project, will lead the initiative following the retirement of David Osborne.

Lisa Brown, general counsel and vice president at Georgetown University, has been nominated to be general counsel of the U.S. Education Department.

Richard McCullough, vice provost for research at Harvard University, has been named president of Florida State University.

Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon, principal of education programs at UnidosUS, is joining Latinos for Education as the organization's first chief policy and advocacy officer.

Derrell Bradford, executive vice president of 50CAN, has been named president of the education advocacy organization.

Todd Olson, Georgetown University's vice president for student sffairs, has been selected by Mount Mercy University as its next president.

Jennifer King Rice, dean of the University of Maryland's College of Education, has been named UMD's senior vice president and provost.

Rusty Greiff, who was senior vice president for U.S. and global program management at 2U Inc. has been named JFF's first chief strategy and growth officer.

Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow and vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is moving to the American Enterprise Institute.

Yolie Flores, chief learning officer for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will become director of Parent Nation, a new initiative aimed at supporting parents as their children's first teachers.

Catherine Lhamon has been nominated to serve as the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights, a role she filled in the Obama administration.

Phylicia Rashad, an actress best known for her role in The Cosby Show, will become dean of Howard University's newly reestablished College of Fine Arts.

Recy Benjamin Dunn, who was a chief strategy officer for the New York City Department of Education, has become chief executive officer at Ascend Public Charter Schools.

Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Education.

Shana Bartley, who was director of community partnerships at the National Women's Law Center, is now a policy officer for program strategy at the WK Kellogg Foundation.

Eric Westerndorf, CEO and co-founder of Learn Zillion, is now an executive-in-resident at the Walton Family Foundation.

Yana Kunichoff, a reporter at Chalkbeat Chicago, will be joining The Arizona Republic as the K-12 education reporter.

William Tate IV, provost of the University of South Carolina, has been named president of Louisiana State University.

Christopher Caruso, who was the senior executive director for the Office of Community Schools at the New York City Department of Education, has joined the NYC-based Robin Hood Foundation as the managing director for school age children.

Mark Berends, a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame who currently directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, has been appointed director of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Richard Cordray, who served as the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has been named head of the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid.

Melissa B. Taboada, a former editor and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, will join the Boston Globe as editor of the Great Divide, an enterprise education team.

Jon Alfuth, a policy analyst at the National Governor’s Association, will become director of state policy at KnowledgeWorks.

Roberto Rodriguez, president and CEO of Teach Plus and a former Obama education staff member, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation and policy development.

Glenn Vander Zee, associate superintendent for Human Resources at East Side Union High School District in San Jose, has been named superintendent of the district.

Christine Fowler-Mack, chief of portfolio planning, growth and management in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, has been selected as superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

Mimi Woldeyohannes, special projects and community manager at The 74, will become director of strategic partnerships at the Center for Black Educator Development.

Denise Forte, a senior vice president at The Education Trust, has been named interim CEO of the organization, while current CEO John B. King takes a leave of absence to run for governor of Maryland.

Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress and candidate for Florida governor, has been nominated to serve as the Education Department's Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs.

Catherine Carrera an education reporter at Newsday, will become Chalkbeat’s first bureau chief in Newark.

Eric Weddle, a longtime Indiana education reporter, will become managing education editor for a new team of reporters at WFYI in Indianapolis.

Elizabeth Gabriel, who has covered education and equity at public media outlets in Oregon and Texas, will become a reporter on the new education team at WFYI in Indianapolis.

Lee Gaines, a reporter for  Illinois Public Media, will work as an investigative reporter on the new education team at WFYI in Indianapolis.

Dylan Peers McCoy, a reporter at Chalkbeat Indiana, is joining the new education team at WFYI in Indianapolis.

Juliana Kim, a reporting fellow at The New York Times, is joining WPLN News in Nashville as an education reporter.

Levi Bohanan, a policy entrepreneur at Next100 who served in the Obama administration, has been named special assistant in the Education Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Amy Loyd, a vice president at Jobs for the Future, has been named deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives in the Education Department's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. She will serve as acting assistant secretary.

Rachel Bird Niebling, who was director of policy development and federal government relations at the Alliance for Excellent Education, has been named deputy assistant secretary in the Education Department's Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs.

Nick Simmons, who was director of strategic initiatives for the state of Connecticut and policy advisor to Gov. Ned Lamont, will become senior advisor for school reopening and recovery in the Office of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

Rachel Thomas, who served as Northeast communications director for Joe Biden's presidential campaign, has been named the Education Department's deputy assistant secretary for communications. She will serve as  as acting assistant secretary.

Zakiya Reid, deputy director of Kindred, has been named executive director of the organization, which focuses on creating anti-racist schools.

Sarah Sattelmeyer, who was director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Project on Student Borrower Success, is now project director for education, opportunity and mobility in New America’s higher education program.

Erin Ward Bibo, deputy chief of college & career programs at the District of Columbia Public Schools, will become vice president of strategic initiatives at the nonprofit CityWorks DC.

Richard Carranza, who recently resigned his post as New York City's school chancellor, will become chief of strategy and global development at IXL, a California-based personalized learning platform.

Ileana Najarro, a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, is joining Education Week as a race and opportunity reporter.

Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University, will become a special advisor at Stanford University.

Annie Ma, an education reporter at The Charlotte Observer, is joining the Associated Press to cover leadership, funding and access in education, as well as what is taught in classrooms, to show the impact of inequity.

Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at the Reason Foundation, is now the director of research for the American Federation for Children.

Cara Jackson, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, will become a senior associate at Abt Associates.

LaTanya McDade, chief education officer at Chicago Public Schools, has been named superintendent of the Prince William County school district in Virginia.

Ray Hart, research director for the Council of the Great City Schools, was named the next executive director of the council, replacing Michael Casserly.

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust–West, will become managing director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Max Eden, who was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is returning to the American Enterprise Institute as a research fellow and director of the Conservative Education Reform Network.

Maureen Tracey-Mooney, who served as then-Vice President Biden’s deputy domestic policy advisor, will be special assistant to the president for education.

Heather Mueller, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, has been appointed to lead the department after the resignation of Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.

Andrew McEachin, a senior policy researcher at RAND Corporation, is joining NWEA as director of the Collaborative for Student Growth.

Matthew Kennard, who was chief financial officer and head of corporate operations at LearnZillion, has been named CEO of BetterLesson, which provides virtual and in-person K-12 professional learning.

Daniela Doyle, who was vice president for policy and management research at Public Impact, has become The Hunt Institute’s director of policy & research.

Paul Alivisatos, provost and executive vice chancellor of University of California-Berkeley, has been named the next president of his alma mater, the University of Chicago.

Meisha Ross Porter, a longtime New York City educator who is currently Bronx superintendent, will become chancellor of the city's school system on March 15.  Porter, who will be the city's first Black woman schools chief, replaces Richard A. Carranza, who is resigning.

Jordan Matsudaira, an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia, who served in the Obama administration, has been appointed deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education.

Aaliyah Samuel, a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and executive vice president of government affairs and partnerships at NWEA, has been named deputy assistant secretary for state and local engagement in the Education Department's Office of Communications and Outreach.

Scott Sargrad, who was vice president for K-12 education at the Center for American Progress, has been named deputy chief of staff for policy and programs in the office of the Secretary of Education.

Monique Dixon, who served as deputy director of policy and director of state advocacy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will become deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

Christian Rhodes, chief of staff for Prince George’s County Public Schools, has been appointed chief of staff, for the Education Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Jen Mishory, a senior fellow and senior policy advisor at The Century Foundation, has been named chief of staff for the Education Department's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.

Juliana Herman, who was chief of staff and senior advisor at the Markle Foundation. will become chief of staff, for the Education Department's Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Kelly Leon, who served as communications officer at the Kresge Foundation, has been named press secretary for the Education Department's Office of Communications and Outreach.

Bernadine Futrell, the National Head Start Association’s senior director of effective practice, has been appointed as the director of the Office of Head Start within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

James Kvaal, president of the Institute for College Access & Success and a former White House policy adviser, has been nominated to be under secretary of education.

Maureen Costello, who directed Teaching Tolerance at the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been named executive director of the new Center for Antiracist Education.

Val Brown, who was professional development manager for SPLC's Teaching Tolerance, is the principal academic officer for the new Center for Antiracist Education.

Allison Crean Davis, a partner at Bellwether Education Partner, will become associate director of education studies at Westat.

Paul Beach, who was a research associate at Inflexion, has become a senior analyst at Bellwether Education Partners.

Noah Bookman, who was executive director of the Data Collaborative at California's CORE Districts, is now chief solutions officer for Education Analytics.

Betty Rosa, New York’s interim education commissioner, has been appointed to permanently hold the state’s top education post, becoming the first Latina woman in the job.

Meredith Olson, who served as vice president of K-12 initiatives for Stand Together, has been named president of the VELA Education Fund, a funding collaboration dedicated to supporting education innovation.

Ramin Taheri, who led the Washington, D.C., chapter of Democrats for Education Reform and was previously general counsel and director of advocacy at Chiefs for Change, has been named chief of staff for the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

Jessica Cardichon, who was president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy , has been named deputy assistant secretary for the Education Department's Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Michelle Asha Cooper, who has more than 20 years experience in postsecondary education, has been named deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education and will serve as acting assistant secretary.

Nick Lee, who was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. has been named deputy assistant secretary for the Education Department's Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Nicole Avery, senior news director at the Detroit Free Press, has been named editor in chief of Chalkbeat.

Jean-Claude Brizard, a senior advisor and deputy director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and former chief executive of Chicago Public Schools, has been named new president and chief executive officer of Digital Promise.

Sherry Lachman, founder and CEO of Foster America and a former domestic policy adviser during the Obama administration, will be associate director for education, income maintenance and labor for the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Phil Rosenfelt, a deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, is as acting education secretary until the Senate confirms Biden's nominee. He served in that capacity in 2017, as well.

Sheila Nix, who led Tusk Philanthropies and served as chief of staff to Jill Biden, is the Education Department chief of staff.

Claudia Chavez, who worked in government affairs for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is the Education Department's White House liaison.

Suzanne Goldberg, a Columbia University law professor, is the Education Department's deputy assistant secretary for strategic operations and outreach in the Office for Civil Rights and acting assistant secretary.

Ian Rosenblum, executive director of Ed-Trust-New York, is the Education Department's deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and acting assistant secretary.

Emma Leheny, senior counsel at the National Education Association, is the Education Department's principal deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and serve as the acting general counsel.

Ben Halle, who was the Michigan communications director for the Biden campaign, is the Education Department's deputy assistant secretary for communications in the Office of Communications and Outreach and serving as acting assistant secretary.

Donna Harris-Aikens, senior director for education policy and practice at the National Education Association, is senior adviser for policy and planning in the Office of the Secretary of Education.

Ben Miller, vice president for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, is senior adviser to the Education Department's chief of staff on a temporary appointment.

Rich Williams, an officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project on student borrower success, is chief of staff at the Education Department's Office of Postsecondary Education.

Greg Schmidt, an attorney at WilmerHale, is senior counsel in the Education Department's Office of the General Counsel.

Jasmine Bolton,  senior staff attorney at the Bail Project, is senior counsel in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

Carmel Martin, a Biden campaign advisor and former assistant secretary of education, has been named deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council for Economic Mobility.

Catherine Lhamon, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Education Department, has been named deputy director for racial justice and equity on the Domestic Policy Council.

Mike O'Brien, CEO of iMentor, has been named CEO of America's Promise Alliance.

Lester Young Jr., a former New York City educator and administrator, has been named chancellor of the New York state Board of Regents.

Kaitlyn Hobbs Demers, a former teacher and Teach for America adviser, has been appointed special assistant to the president and chief of staff for the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Ashley Berner, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, has been promoted to director.

Tiffany Jones, who was the senior director of higher education policy at The Education Trust, is joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as its deputy director of measurement, learning and evaluation.

Christina Samuels, a long-time education journalist at Education Week, is joining The Hechinger Report, where she will help with its coverage of education in the South.

Michael Kirst, Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University and a former president of the California State Board of Education, has been named a senior fellow in residence at the Learning Policy Institute.

Bethany Miller, a senior program officer on The Kresge Foundation's education program team, is joining Ascendium’s Education Grantmaking team as deputy director for learning & impact.

Delece Smith-Barrow, senior editor at The Hechinger Report, will become education editor at Politico.

Chad Aldeman, a senior associate partner for Bellwether Education Partners, is joining Georgetown University's Edunomics Lab as policy director.

Loretta Goodwin, who was deputy director at the American Youth Policy Forum, has joined The Aurora Institute as chief operations officer, where she will lead the staff; direct talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and support the crafting of a new, long-range strategic plan.

Fred Jones, who served as the Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Southern Education Foundation, has joined The Aurora Institute as policy director.

Hannah Skandera, CEO of Mile High Strategies and a former New Mexico secretary of education, has been named president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

Holly Zanville, strategy director of learning and work at Lumina Foundation, is moving to George Washington University as senior scholar and co-director of the new Skills, Credentials, and Workforce Policy center.

Alia Wong, an education journalist who previously worked at The Atlantic, is joining the USA Today staff to cover education equity.

George Khalaf, founder and executive director of the Empatico digital platform, has been named program director of the Overdeck Family Foundation.

Ursulina Ramirez, who was previously a top official at the New York City Department of Education, has joined the school redesign organization XQ as head of systems strategy.

Karega Rausch, who was vice president of research and evaluation at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, has been named president and CEO.

Jim Roberts, a New York Times veteran who led the newsrooms of two start-ups, Mashable and Cheddar,  has been named publisher and chief strategy officer of The 74.

Laura Hamilton, who spent 23 years as a researcher and manager at the RAND Corporation, has joined the Educational Testing Service as general manager of its research centers.

Chibuzo Ezeigbo, a Harvard Strategic Data Project fellow, is joining the Joyce Foundation to oversee the philanthropy's grant making in college and career readiness.

Joseph I. Castro, president of Fresno State, has been named next chancellor of the Cal State university system, largest four-year university system in the country.

Josh Venable, former chief of staff to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has become an adviser to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform, a group opposed to President Donald Trump's reelection.

Timothy Knowles, founder and managing partner of the Academy Group and a distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago, has been named president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Ryan Walters, CEO of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma and a former school teacher, has been nominated to be Oklahoma's secretary of education.

Brooks Allen, a former civil rights attorney and staff counsel for the California State Board of Education, will become the state board’s next executive director and education policy adviser to the governor.

Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy, education, and economics at the University of Michigan, will join the Harvard Graduate School of Education as an education professor in July 2021.

Hanseul Kang, D.C.'s state superintendent, will become the executive director of The Broad Center, which recently relocated to Yale University.

Jared Myracle, chief academic officer for the Jackson Madison County School System in Tennessee, is joining the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching as executive director of strategy and innovation.

Jane Norman, who was editor of Politico's education coverage, is now Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom.

Tess Stovall, director of charter schools for the Tennessee State Board of Education, will become the first executive director of the Tennessee Public Charter Schools Commission.

Shannon Holston, who was director of educator effectiveness for the Delaware Department of Education, will join the National Council on Teacher Quality as director of teacher policy.

Dale Mezzzacappa, a contributing editor to The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, will continue writing the blog as a senior report at Chalkbeat's new Philadelphia bureau.

Becky Pringle, a science teacher from Philadelphia, has been elected president of the National Education Association, joining Princess Moss of Virginia will serve as vice president, and Noel Candelaria of Texas will be secretary-treasurer.

Cara Fitzpatrick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning education reporter at the Palm Beach Post, has joined Chalkbeat as a story editor for their Chicago and Philadelphia bureaus.

Don Shalvey,  a deputy director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Aspire PublicSchools, will become executive director of San Joaquin A+, a nonprofit organization based in Stockton, Calif.

Sarah Iddrissu, a long-time Massachusetts educator and policy advocate, is now executive director of Educators for Excellence-Boston.

Rachel Hathaway, who was interim executive director of  Teach Plus Indiana, is now its executive director.

Jason Glass, superintendent for Jeffco (Colorado) Public Schools in the metro Denver area, has been named Kentucky's state commissioner of education.

Michael V. Drake, who has led Ohio State University and UC Irvine, has been named president of the University of California system, the first Black leader in the system’s 152-year history.

Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College, has been named the first female chief executive officer of the National Geographisc Society.

Wendy Edelberg, former chief economist at the Congressional Budget Office, has been appointed to succeed Jay Shambaugh as director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

Andy Smarick, a former member of the Maryland State Board of Education, is joining the Manhattan Institute as a senior fellow.

Janet Godwin, chief operating officer of ACT, has been selected as interim CEO of the testing organization following the sudden resignation of Marten Roorda.

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who is retiring as president of Central State University in Ohio has been named the new president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Michelle J. Walker-Davis, executive director of Generation Next and a former policy and planning chief for D.C. Public Schools, will become executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Cade Brumley, superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools in Louisiana, has been named the state's superintendent of education. His appointment by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must be confirmed by the Senate.

Debbie Veney, a FutureEd senior fellow who led policy and communications at New Schools Venture Fund, is now senior vice president for communications and marketing at National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Laurie Sztejnberg, who was project director at TNTP, is joining the Overdeck Family Foundation as senior program officer for the Exceptional Educators portfolio and director of research.

Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Connecticut, has been named the chief executive officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Pedro Noguera, a professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and expert in urban education, has been named dean of USC's Rossier School of Education

Alan Richard, an education consultant who previously worked at Education Week, has been named news manager for the Southern Regional Education Board.

Anna Maria Chávez, interim president and CEO for the National Council on Aging, has been named executive director and CEO of the National School Board Association.

Richard Buery, policy chief for KIPP, has been named president of Achievement First charter school network.

Jill Baker, deputy superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District in California, has been named superintendent of the 70,000-student school district.

Ramin Taheri, who was director of advocacy and policy at Chiefs for Change, is now state director for the Democrats for Education Reform DC Chapter and its affiliate organization, Education Reform Now DC.

Jason Gonzales, an education reporter at the Tennesseean, is moving to Colorado to cover higher education and education in the legislature for Chalkbeat Colorado.

Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, who has spent the past seven years as managing editor of Education Week, is headed to Widmeyer Communications/Finn Partners as a senior partner in their education practice.

Lori S. White, the vice chancellor for student affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, will be the new president of DePauw University.

Gregory Washington, dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine, has been named president of George Mason University in Virginia.

Rey Saldaña, a former San Antonio City Council member, has been named President and CEO of  Communities In Schools.

Stacey Kostell, who previously was vice president for enrollment management at the University of Vermont, has been named chief executive officer of the Coalition for College.

Lance R. Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University, has been selected as the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech's new Innovation Campus in Alexandria.

Barbara R. Snyder, has served as the president of Case Western Reserve University and as executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University, has been named president of the Association of American Universities.

Robert Simmons III, who has served as chief executive officer of the See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools in Washington, D.C., is joining Urban Teachers to lead the Black Educators Initiative, an effort to place nearly 1,000 new Black educators in classrooms by 2023.

Nicola Diamond, who was chief financial officer for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, has been named chief operating officer at Urban Alliance, a  youth development nonprofit.

Kriste Dragon, CEO and founder of Citizens of the World, has been named CEO of the Pahara Institute.

Edgar Villanueva, who has been promoted to senior vice president of programs and advocacy for the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Tom Harnisch, who was a director at American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is now vice president of government relations at State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

Recy Benjamin Dunn, who was executive superintendent for the New York City Department of Education, is now chief strategy officer.

Greg Sommers, an executive in residence at the Center for Educational Leadership, is starting a new position as chief impact officer.

Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern University, has been named president of Rutgers University, the first African American to lead the university.

Gini Pupo-Walker, who founded the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition and is a school board member in Nashville, has joined The Education Trust as its first director in Tennessee.

Bill Phillips, who previously led the New York Charter School Association, is the new vice president of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Jonathan Elkin, who was a special assistance at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, is now the vice president of public policy at the Council for Opportunity in Education.

Olabisi "Bisi" Ladeji Okubadejo, a labor and employment attorney who previously worked in the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, will join Georgetown University as associate vice president, equal opportunity, affirmative action and compliance, a new position.

David Albers, who was chief performance officer of Federal Student Aid's Enterprise Performance Management unit, is now the deputy chief operating officer for strategy, innovation and transformation.

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, who was CEO of Say Yes to Education, is now a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Jim Balfanz has been promoted from president to chief executive officer of City Year.

Oscar Cruz, who was president and CEO of the parent engagement group Families in Schools, is now chief operating officer of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Matthew Ladner, who has researched school choice at the Arizona Chamber Foundation and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, will lead the new data-driven initiative, the Center for Student Opportunity at the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

Lisa Hansel, who has been National Association for the Education of Young Children's  director of periodicals, is returning to the American Federation of Teachers to expand the union's publications.

Monica R. Martinez, who was chief program officer at XQ Institute, has become director of strategic initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute.

Dan Kaufman, who was a managing partner at Widmeyer Communications, is now director of U.S. program policy and communications at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lisa Margosian, who was chief customer officer at Girls Scouts of the USA, has been named interim chief executive officer of Ascend Learning.

Amy Skinner, who was spokeswoman for the Education Commission of the States, is now director of outreach and engagement for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Robb Gray, who was vice president of policy and advocacy for Arnold Ventures, has been named policy-advocacy director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Stephanie McGencey, who was senior director of the Ready Reentry Project for the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, has been named executive director of the American Youth Policy Forum.

Carolyn Phenicie, federal education policy reporter for The 74, is leaving to become the press secretary for CCSSO.

David Daniels, who was chief operating officers of the Bainum Family Foundation, has been promoted to CEO and president.

Paul Fleming, who was assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, is now senior vice president for standards, states and equity at Learning Forward.

Adam Ezring, who was policy director for the Collaborative for Student Success, has been promoted to deputy director.

Gordon Berlin, a leading social policy researcher who was president of  MDRC, has joined the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy as a research professor who will advise on research partnerships.

Jonell Sanchez, who was vice president for education solutions at the National Student Clearinghouse, has been named president of learning at ACT Inc.

Debbie Truong, a reporting fellow at The Washington Post, will be joining WAMU radio in Washington, D.C. to cover schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Chad Rummel, who was executive director of  the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, has been named executive director of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Walter Gonsoulin, who has been interim superintendent of schools in Jefferson County, Alabama, has been named the district's first African American schools chief.

Norberto Grzywacz, dean and professor of Georgetown University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has been named the next provost and chief academic officer of Loyola University Chicago.

Lauri Hennessey, who has run engagement and communications for organizations ranging from the Bezos Family Foundation to the University of Washington, has become CEO of the League of Education Voters.

Vince Steele, who served as organizing director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, has become political director of GO Public Schools Oakland.

Ariel Bedford has been promoted to chief of staff at the Louisiana Department of Education.

Robert Nathenson, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Consortium for Policy Research in Education, has joined the American Institutes for Research as a senior researcher.

Colleen Campbell, director of post-secondary education at the Center for American Progress, will join the U.S. Education Department later this month to oversee strategic communications for the NextGen student financial services project.

Elizabeth Groginsky, an assistant superintendent of early learning for Washington, D.C., will become New Mexico’s first early education cabinet secretary.

George Parker, a veteran math teacher and former president of the Washington [D.C.] Teachers Union, has joined the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as a senior adviser with a focus on school support.

Kathleen Havey, who was a lobbyist at Linchpin Strategies, has joined the National Head Start Association as senior director of strategic communications and advocacy.

Greg Toppo, an education journalist who worked at USA Today and Inside Higher Ed,  is now a journalist in residence at Whiteboard Advisors, where he will focus on the future of learning and work.

Andrew Kreighbaum, federal policy reporter for Inside Higher Ed, is moving to Bloomberg to cover the education beat, replacing Emily Wilkins.

JoAnn Hsueh, who was deputy director of  MDRC's Family Well-Being and Children’s Development Policy Area, will become director of that policy area at the research organization.

Charles Michalopoulos, MDRC’s chief economist, will become director of the Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment Policy Area for the research organization.

Mark Schultz, who has been commissioner of the rehabilitation services administration at the U.S. Education Department, will serve as acting assistant secretary for the office of special education and rehabilitative services. He replaces Johnny Collett, who is stepping down.

Joe Boyd, who heads the California Federation of Teachers, has been named executive director of The California Teachers Association.

Seth D. Harris, who was acting secretary and deputy secretary of Labor during the Obama administration, has joined Whiteboard Advisors as a senior advisor.

Danielle McLean, who was an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress, will join the Chronicle of Higher Education to cover federal policy.

Courtney Criswell, who spend nearly a decade at KIPP, is now deputy executive director for policy and program for the PIE Network.

Queen Nwafor, who served as the policy and partnerships associate and founding member of a STEAM-based, early college charter school in New Jersey, recently joined the FOCUS team as policy and advocacy manager.

Bianca Quilantan, formerly of the Chico Enterprise-Record, is Politico's new higher education reporter.

Gracie Branch, who was executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals has been named associate executive director, professional learning at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Gail Morgan, who has led NAESP’s Professional Learning Team for nearly three years, is transitioning to the new role of director of strategic initiatives.

Caryl M. Stern, who has been CEO of UNICEF USA for the past 12 years, has been named executive director of the Walton Family Foundation.

Saskia Triall, who was senior vice president at ExpandED schools, has been promoted to president and CEO.

Virginia Knox,  a vice president at MDRC who has led the organization’s Families and Children Policy Area since 2004, has been named president of the education and social justice policy research organization.

Mairead Lynn, who was press secretary for the Senate HELP Committee's  minority staff, is now deputy director of campaign communications for Emily's List.

Williamson M. Evers,  a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution who worked in education roles for the George W. Bush administration and the Trump transition team, has been named director of the Independent Institute's Center on Educational Excellence.

Nate Schwartz, who was previously the chief research and strategy officer for the Tennessee Department of Education, will lead partnerships with local schools for the Annenberg Institute at Brown University.

Sarah Carr, a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report who also oversees the Teacher Project at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, is moving to The Boston Globe as editor of an investigative education reporting team.

Kimberly Hefling, who was senior education writer at Politico, is moving to the GMMB communications firm as a vice president working on education accounts.

Ryan Stewart, executive director of the Partners in School Innovation mid-Atlantic region, has been named secretary of public education for New Mexico.

Annabel Cellini, who was senior vice president of strategy and marketing in North America for Pearson, has been named chief strategy officer for American Student Assistance, a Boston-based national nonprofit.

Rachael Brown, who was director of strategy management for District of Columbia Public Schools, will become communications director for Digital Promise.

Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, most recently a professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, has been named director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Craig Robinson, who previously served as the chief strategy officer at Henderson Collegiate Charter Network, has been named the first president of College Possible, a national nonprofit that connects low-income high school and college students with near-peer coaches.

Alesha Daughtrey, who was chief strategy officer at the Center for Teaching Quality, is now executive director and a partner.

Rhoda Hickman, a real estate executive and volunteer tutor, has been named chief of staff for The Memphis Lift, a parent-led, education advocacy group.

David Cazares Morales, who was a policy consultant for the Colorado Department of Education, is now director of advocacy for A+ Colorado.

Jessica Giles, who was deputy director for the D.C. Council's Committee on education, is now deputy director of Democrats for Education Reform DC.

Evy Valencia, who recently served as a consultant for the PIE Network, is now chief of staff at 50CAN.

Nathan Hoffman, who was regional advocacy director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, is now policy and research director for Empower Illinois.

Emiliana Vegas, who leads the education division at the Inter-American Development Bank, will become senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

Fiona Helsel, who was deputy director of Regional Education Lab Northwest, has been named director. She replaces Christopher Mazzeo, who is moving into an advisory role. Jennifer Esswein has been promoted to deputy director.

Beth Berlin, the New York State education department’s executive deputy commissioner, will become New York’s acting commissioner in September, following the resignation of current commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

Robert King, who was president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been confirmed by the Senate as  assistant secretary of postsecondary education.

Sito Narcisse, who was chief of schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools, is now chief of secondary schools for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Abigail Cohen has been promoted to become associate director of policy research at the Data Quality Campaign.

Lindsay Pinkus, who was a resident in the superintendent's office in Cambridge, Mass.,  is now chief strategy officer for the school district.

Kim Anglin Anderson, executive vice president of Democracy Alliance, has been named executive director of the National Education Association.

Natasha Trivers, who was superintendent and interim CEO for Democracy Prep Public Schools,  was recently named permanent CEO.

Indira Dammu, a founding member of the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, has been named top education advisor for Nashville Mayor David Briley.

Aleesia Johnson, a veteran educator at Indianapolis Public Schools who has been serving as interim superintendent, has been named to the position permanently.

Anne C. Holton, former Virginia Secretary of Education, has been named interim president of George Mason University.  She will succeed Ángel Cabrera, who was recently named the incoming president of Georgia Tech.

Gene Pinkard, who was chief of school design and continuous improvement at DC Public Schools, is now assistant director, practice and leadership, at The Aspen Institute's Education and Society program.

Carrie Melago, a story editor at Chalkbeat and former editor at The Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News, has been named managing editor for local news at Chalkbeat, overseeing the New York, Indianapolis and Newark bureaus.

Johanna Lacoe, who was a senior researcher at Mathematica, is now research director of the California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley.

Peter Oppenheim, who was assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs at the U.S. Education Department, is returning to Capitol Hill as the Senate HELP committee's general counsel.

Hope Lesane, who was  director of early childhood initiatives at Teach For America, New York, is now leading the early childhood work at The Education Trust-New York.

Jason Scott Embry, who was  assistant vice president for advancement at Regis University in Denver, recently joined the Colorado League of Charter Schools as the organization’s first-ever vice president of development.

Maria Pitre-Martin, deputy state superintendent for North Carolina, has been named superintendent of schools for Petersburg, Va.

John Holland, a long-time investigative reporter and editor, is the new education and criminal justice for The Baltimore Sun.

Michele Caracappa, who was chief academic officer at Success Academy Charter Schools, is now chief program officer at New Leaders Org.

Jim Manning, a former senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary BetsyDeVos and other education secretaries, will become a senior adviser with Penn Hill Group, a lobbying firm that specializes in education issues.

Dennis Quirin, who was president of Neighborhood Funders Group, has been named executive director of the Raikes Foundation.





Thanks to The K12 Search Group for providing some updates from their Ed Reformers on the Move listing.

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