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The Churn: The Latest Moves in Education

We're tracking who's going where in the education world. If you've got news to share, contact us at info@future-ed.org.

Darrell Allison, founding president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, will join the American Federation for Children as the national director for state teams and political strategy in early March.

Lawrence S. Bacow, the former president of Tufts University and a leader-in-residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership, will become president of Harvard University on July 1.

Dan Greenstein is stepping down as director of postsecondary success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation after six years at the foundation.

Jeffrey Riley, a former Boston Public Schools administrator who most recently has overseen turnaround efforts in Lawrence, Mass., has been named Massachusetts Education Commissioner by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Vanessa Descalzi, who was director of media relations for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, is now the K-12 communications officer for the Walton Family Foundation.

Margaret Angell, who created and ran CityBridge Foundation’s Education Innovation Portfolio,  is now principal of 2Revolutions, a national education design lab.

Kent Talbert, who was general counsel for the U.S. Education Department during the George W. Bush administration, is rejoining the agency as senior policy adviser to the deputy secretary.

Mildred García, who was president of California State University, Fullerton, will serve as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Erika Soto Lamb, who was chief communications officer at Everytown for Gun Safety, is now national director for strategic communications for the advocacy group Democrats for Education Reform.

Christopher Beach, editor of Real Clear Education, is joining the Trump administration as speechwriter for Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

James Lynn Woodworth, a quantitative research analyst at Stanford University's Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO), has been nominated to serve Commissioner of Education Statistics for the U.S. Education Department.

Michelle Hackman has become the Wall Street Journal’s new D.C.-based education reporter.

Raymond C. Pierce, who was chief education officer of the Global Teaching Project and a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, has been named president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation.

Michael Schuttloffel, currently the executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, will become executive director of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) in July.

Danny Carlson, who was an education policy analyst for the National Governors Association, is now director of policy and advocacy for the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Rob Greenwald is stepping down as executive director of  the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE). Education policy consultant Marty Orland will fill the job while the board conducts a search.

Stacy Ehrlich, managing director and senior research scientist at the University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research, will become a senior research scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Bonita J. Brown, director of higher education practice at the nonprofit The Education Trust, is joining Achieving the Dream as director of network engagement.

Nicole Shaffer-Thomas, director of external affairs for the education reform group Chiefs for Change, become director of communications and outreach for Rhode Island's Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner.

Frank Brogan, who served as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as then-Gov. Jeb Bush's lieutenant governor, has been tapped to oversee K-12 policy at the U.S. Education Department as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education.

Gerard Robinson, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former Virginia secretary of education, has been named executive director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity.

Natalie Boyse, who was deputy finance director at the MassGOP and worked on several Republican campaigns, is now a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education.

Denise Forte, who was staff director for the minority at the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will become a senior fellow focused on education policy at The Century Foundation.

Gavin Payne, an education consultant who previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now a member of the board of directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Mark Schneider, a vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research, has been nominated to serve as Director of the Institute of Education Science.

Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College, has been named the next president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Evelyn Stauffer, who worked in communications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and for Koch Industries, is now a deputy press secretary at the Education Department.

Brent Colburn, the vice president for communications at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a former Obama administration official, has been named Princeton University's vice president for communications and public affairs.

Jason Kamras, who led teacher reform efforts as chief of instructional practice and chief of human capital in D.C. Public Schools, has been named superintendent of Richmond (Va.) Public Schools.

Johnny Collett, director of special education outcomes for the Council of Chief School Officers, has been nominated to be assistant secretary of education for special education and rehabilitative services.

Carissa Miller, deputy executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, will serve as interim executive director after Chris Minnich steps down.

Emily Wilkins, who covered education and labor at CQ Roll Call, has joined Bloomberg Government as an education reporter.

Karen Mapp, a senior lecturer and faculty director of education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will chair the board of the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Jordan Posamentier, who was deputy policy director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, is now senior manager for policy and advocacy at the nonprofit Committee for Children.

Alexandra Mane, who has been national development director for the Posse Foundation, will serve in a similar position for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

April Chou, who has been Chief Growth and Operating Officer for KIPP Bay Area Schools and previously worked for the New Schools Venture Fund, will become Vice President of Education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

James Kvaal, the former deputy domestic policy adviser who was a key architect of President Barack Obama's higher education policies, will become the new president of The Institute for College Access and Success.

Kevin Chavous, a former D.C. City Council member and founding board member of the American Federation for Children, will become president of academics, policy, and schools for  K12 Inc., the nation's largest virtual charter school management company.

Kenneth L. Marcus, president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, has been nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. He was delegated that authority under President George W. Bush.

Michael McShane, a former education policy research fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, will become director of national research at EdChoice.

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers for the past five years, will leave early next year to become executive director of NWEA, a nonprofit organization that creates assessments for students.

Raymonde Charles, a former spokeswoman for the U.S. Education Department, is now director of communications for education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

David A. Thomas, a professor at Harvard Business School and former dean of Georgetown University's business school, was named as 12th president of Morehouse College.

Hans Bader, a senior attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will be joining the U.S. Education Department’s Office of General Counsel.

Eli Broad, whose Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has funded charter school expansion and education reform, is retiring from his foundation and from public life.

Becky Smerdon, who was a senior research associate for WestEd, is now vice president for external research and insights at Teach for America.

Mitchell "Mick" Zais, former South Carolina chief state school officer, has been tapped to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

Michigan state Rep. Timothy Kelly has been nominated to be assistant secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the Education Department.

Jim Blew, director of the education advocacy group Student Success California, has been nominated to be the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary of the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

Thea Lee, an economist who has been deputy chief at the AFL-CIO, will become president of the Economic Policy Institute.

Lesley Albanese, who was vice president at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, will become president and COO of the Center for Education Reform.

Jose Munoz, who was the executive director of the ABC Community Schools Partnership in Albuquerque, N.M, is now director of the Coalition for Community Schools.

James E. Ryan, who has been dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been named the next president of the University of Virginia.

David J. Johns, who led the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in the Obama administration, is now executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

Según Eubanks, who had been director of professional educator support at NEA, is now director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland College Park.

Julie Johnson, who was vice president of strategy at Complete College America, is now co-founder and chief academic officer at Faculty Guild, a new organization focused on the classroom and faculty.

J.D. LaRock, a Northeastern University executive, has become the president and CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public authority engaged in workforce training efforts.

Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, is a lecturer and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Stephen Smith, who has been city editor at The Boston Globe, is the new education editor at The Washington Post.

Jane Norman, a long-time editor at Congressional Quarterly, has joined Politico where she will edit education coverage and the Budget and Appropriations team.

Ryan Cantrell, who worked as regional advocacy and political director at the American Federation for Children, has joined the PIE Network.

Kim Clark, a senior writer at Money Magazine, will be an assistant director focusing on post secondary issues at the Education Writers Association.

Arne Duncan, former Obama education secretary, will co-chair a new nonprofit created to leverage the benefits of the Obama Presidential Center to its surrounding neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side.

Linda Smith, who previously served as deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development at the Department of Health and Human Services, has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as director of early childhood policy.

Caroline Preston, who worked as a features editor with Al Jazeera America's digital team and a senior reporter with The Chronicle of Philanthropy, is now a senior editor at The Hechinger Report.

Julian Schmoke Jr., who directed campus operations at West Georgia Technical College and served as a dean at DeVry University, will lead the U.S. Education Department’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit, which combats fraud and deceptive practices at colleges and universities.

Susanna Loeb, an expert in education policy and a professor of education at Stanford University, has been appointed the next director of Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

Emma Brown, national education reporter for The Washington Post, is leaving the ed beat to join the Post's new Rapid Response Investigative Team.

Tracey Weinstein, who worked as Principal Consultant at Weinstein Consulting Services and for Students First,  is now Senior Director of Data and Research role with Deans for Impact.

Kari Feinberg, who was previously Head of Schools at YES Prep Public Schools, is now Dean of Regional Support, Leadership Programs at Relay Graduate School of Education.

Jack Elsey, who was Chief Schools Officer at Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, is now Executive Director at Detroit Children's Fund.

Allison Serafin, founder and president of Opportunity 180,  is now executive director of Houston at IDEA Public Schools.

Emily Nielson, previously chief talent officer at Camden City School District, is now Vice President of Headquarters and Operation Talent at IDEA Public Schools.

Richard Culotta, former Rhode Island chief innovation officer is now Chief Executive Officer at the International Society for Technology in Education.

Cate Reed, who was a vice president at Teach for America, has joined Families for Excellent Schools as Chief of Staff to the CEO.

Emily Silberstein, previously vice president of regions at Teach Plus, is now Chief Executive Officer at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools.

Jess Box, who was project director at The New Teacher Project, is now Vice President, Curriculum and Instruction at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.

Portia Reddick White, a former lobbyist for the AARP, is joining the National Education Association lobbying team.

Chastity Lord, former Chief External Officer of Achievement First, is now Chief Operating Officer at Color of Change.

Sonia Park, former U.S. Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor, is now Executive Director of Diverse Charter Schools Coalition.

Kristina Campa-Gruca, formerly K-12 Program Manager at Excellent Schools Detroit, is now Director of Partnerships, Detroit at EdFuel.

Nonie Lesaux, a Harvard professor and expert on childhood development and literacy, has been named academic dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jay Shambaugh, a George Washington University professor and former member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, will become director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. The current director, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, will become a senior fellow in Brookings' Economic Studies program.

Takirra Winfield Dixon, who was communications director for Democrats for Education Reform, will lead communications work at The Education Trust and for the nonprofit's president, former Education Secretary John B. King Jr.

Peter Oppenheim, who has worked on key education legislation as an aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was confirmed by the Senate to become assistant secretary of education for legislation and congressional affairs.

Jonathan Butcher, who was education director at the Goldwater Institute, will become a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Education Policy.

Roberto Rodríguez, former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama for Education, has been named president and CEO of the national nonprofit Teach Plus.

Christopher Rinkus, who served in several budget and enrollment positions for the D.C. Public Schools, has become a special assistant in the U.S. Education Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Nicholas Hahn, who was chief opinion editor for The Hill, is now director of speechwriting in the Office of Communications and Outreach for the U.S. Education Department.

Justin C. Cohen, an education blogger who previously served as president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, has become chief operating officer at the Wayfinder Foundation.

Ellen Sherratt, who was deputy director at the American Institute for Research's Center on Great Teachers and Leaders,  is becoming vice president for policy and research at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Susan J. Colby, who was a partner at McKinsey & Company, has co-founded Imagine, a nonprofit that aims to use personalized technology to improve literacy and numeracy. She serves as Chief Executive Officer.

Cassius Johnson, who was the senior director of Policy and Government Affairs at YearUp, will become vice president, organizational strategy and policy at Jobs for the Future. Patricia Balana, who directed the organization's state-level policy network, will become chief operating officer.

Tara García Mathewson, an award-winning multimedia journalist who has written widely about education, is now a Boston-based staff writer at The Hechinger Report.

Ted Mitchell, who served as under secretary of education in the Obama administration, will become president of the American Council on Education.

Beth Hawkins, who has worked as Education Post's writer-in-resident and covered K-12 education for eight years at MinnPost, will become senior writer and national correspondent for The 74.

Emily Langhorne—who taught English in Fairfax County, Va., and at George Washington University's Upward Bound program—is now an education policy analyst for the Reinventing America's Schools project at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Mary Nguyen Barry,  who worked as a policy analyst at Education Reform Now, is now a higher education advisor for Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on the Senate HELP committee.

Bene Cipolla, a digital strategy and operations consultant, has become the first executive editor of Chalkbeat.

Jason Atwood, senior director for evaluation and learning at Education Pioneers, is joining the New Schools Venture Fund as research director.

Amy McIntosh, who served as acting assistant U.S. education secretary in the Obama administration, has been named associate vice chancellor for academic strategy at the City University of New York.

James L. Accomando, president of the Connecticut PTA, has been elected the 55th president of National Parent-Teacher Association.

Darienne Driver, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, will become chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools.

Christopher Ruszkowski, who served as Hannah Skandera's deputy in the New Mexico Public Education Department, is now the state's acting secretary.

A. Wayne Johnson, chief executive officer and president of Reunion Financial Services, has been named to head the Federal Student Aid office.

Laura Slover, previously the chief executive officer of the PARCC testing alliance, has become CEO of the nonprofit CenterPoint Education Solutions.

Steve Canavero, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, has joined the Board of Directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Scott Montgomery, the managing editor of audience and partnerships at NPR, has been named editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Education Week and its parent, Editorial Projects in Education Inc.

Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, has been elected as the new chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Board of Directors.

Adam Kissel, who worked on the university investment team at the Charles Koch Foundation and at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has been named a deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs.

Kimberly Richey, an attorney who has served as interim chief advocacy officer at the National School Boards Association, will become deputy assistant secretary of education for special education and rehabilitative services.

Emily Kim, vice president of policy and legal affairs at New York City's Success Academy, will leave at the end of June to launch her own charter school network.

Emily Anthony, who served as senior policy advisor for the U.S. Education Department's Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, is now research director at Great Schools.

Emma Vadehra, former chief of staff to education secretaries John King and Arne Duncan, is joining the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow on the  K-12 education team.

Robert E. Anderson, board of directors chairman at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. will become president of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association on Aug. 1.

Matt Barnum, a writer at The 74, is moving to Chalkbeat, a nonprofit organization providing local education news coverage in several cities.

Kimberly Johnson Trinca, a lobbyist for the National Education Association, has been named NEA's new manager of government relations.

Peter Cohen, previously of McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson, will become the new president of the University of Phoenix.

Liz Hill, who was communications director for Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and previously worked for Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., will serve as press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Lynn Gangone of the Maryland Independent College and University Association, will become the next president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, or AACTE.

Holly Luong Ham, a management consultant and former sales executive at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, has been named Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education.

Amy Wilkins, who has recently worked at The College Board and The Education Trust, will be senior vice president of advocacy at the the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Laura Clancy has left Achievement First to become Chief Talent Officer at Mastery Charter Schools.

Kevin Sved, who worked as a consultant, is now Chief Executive Officer of Navigator Schools.

David Esselman, formerly Entrepreneur in Residence at Bellwether Education Partners, is now Executive Director at Level Up Education.

Jon Rybka has left the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to become Chief Executive Officer of RePublic Schools.

Awais Sufi has left the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for a new role as President and Chief Executive Officer of SchoolSmartKC.

Josh Venable, a Michigan GOP operative who worked for former Florida governor Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education, becomes chief of staff at the U.S. Education Department.

Dougie Simmons, who worked as a scheduler in Sen. Ted Cruz's Senate office and for the Republican National Committee, becomes Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Education Department.

Ebony Lee, who worked in the Education Department during the Bush administration before going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationbecomes Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the Education Department effective April 16.

Robert Eitel, who worked in the Education Deparment under President Bush then served as compliance officer at for-profit college operator Bridgepoint Education Inc., becomes Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Education.

James Manning, who served in the Education Department  during the Bush and Obama administrations, becomes Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary effective April 16.

Jana Toner, who served as a White House liaison for the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration, will serve the same role for DeVos.

Candice Jackson, a Vancouver, Wash., attorney who authored a book about the women accusing former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault,  becomes Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights and Acting Assistant Secretary of Education.

Jason Botel shifts from being White House education advisor to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. See our Connect the Dots piece.

Jose Viana from the  North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Migrant Education Program becomes Assistant Deputy Education Secretary and Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition effective April 24.

K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, a consultant, has become a director on the education team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Aimee Rogstad Guidera, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, is stepping down from the organization she founded in 2005.

Kent McGuire, president and CEO of the the Southern Education Foundation, will become director of the education program at William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Erica Green has left the Baltimore Sun to join the education reporting team at The New York Times.

Jamie Fasteau is leaving her post as education policy director at the Emerson Collective to join the EducationCounsel consulting firm.

Lydia Logan, has left her senior advisor role at Yardstick Learning to become executive director of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools at Digital Promise.

Angela Minnici has left the American Institutes for Research to become senior director of state strategy at WestEd.

Stephen Dalla Betta has left Pearson to become chief operating officer at the New Teacher Center.

Carlos G. Muñiz, a politically connected Florida lawyer who served as deputy general counsel to then-Gov. Jeb Bush, has been nominated as general counsel to the Education Department.

Charles McDonald has left Teach for America to become a senior fellow at Education Cities.

Dana Goldstein, an education writer, has joined the education reporting team at The New York Times.

Lizz Pawlson, has left New Classrooms Innovation Partners, to become portfolio manger at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

John King, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, is now President and CEO of Education Trust.

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