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The Churn: The Latest Moves in Education

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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 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.

Gregory McGinity, who was executive director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation , is now executive director of California Charters Schools Association Advocates.

Julian Vasquez Heilig, professor at director of the doctorate in educational leadership program at California State University, Sacramento. has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education.

Benny Vásquez, who was co-executive director of the Center for Racial Justice in Education, has become chief equity officer for the KIPP Foundation.

Terra Wallin, who was chief of staff for academics at Denver Public Schools, has been named associate director for accountability and special projects at The Education Trust.

Alyson Klein, an Education Week reporter who has long reported on federal education policy, is shifting to the education technology and future of work beat as part of a broader staff reorganization. Evie Blad, who has covered student engagement and well being, will take her place on the federal policy beat.

Harry Lee, who has served as interim president and CEO of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association since September 2018, has been named the position permanently.

Laura Maestas, who was chief talent officer at DC Prep, has been named CEO of the charter management organization. She replaces Emily Lawson.

Chris Osher, a former investigative reporter at The Denver Post, has become an education reporter for The Colorado Sun.

Annie Ma, editorial fellow at Mother Jones, will become an education reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Rhonda Ford, who was a vice president at Educators for Excellence, has been named chief membership and partnership officer for the International Society for Technology in Education.

Joel D. Boyd, academic superintendent for Boston Public School, has been named superintendent of schools for the city of Lowell, Mass.

Stephanie Chavez, a long-time journalist and communications specialist, has been named education editor for the Los Angeles Times.

Lori Williams, who was vice president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission, has been named president and CEO of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Michael Rice, superintendent of schools in Kalamazoo, Mich., will become the next superintendent of Michigan’s public schools.

Carrie Conaway, chief strategy and research officer at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will join the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a senior lecturer.

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, who was interim co-executive director  of The Education Trust–West, has been named the organization’s executive director.

Reid Setzer, who was director of public policy at Young Invincibles, has joined The Education Trust as director of government affairs.

Brenda Cassellius, who was Minnesota commissioner of education, has been named superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

Jill Riemer, who was director of strategic partnerships at Summit Public Schools charter school network in Seattle, is now Washington director of Playworks.

Corey DeAngelis, an education policy analyst at the Cato Institute, is joining the Reason Foundation as director of school choice.

Steve Glazerman, a longtime education researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, is now chief research and methods officer at Innovations for Poverty Action, supporting 21 country offices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Sophie Fanelli, chief of programs for the Stuart Foundation, has been named president of the San Francisco-based foundation.

Chris Stewart, former chief executive of the Wayfinder Foundation, has been named chief executive officer of Education Post.

Reed D. Rubinstein, a former deputy associate attorney general, has been named acting general counsel of the U.S. Education Department.

Reid Setzer, who was was director of public policy at Young Invincibles. is now director of government affairs at The Education Trust.

Kaitlin Pennington McVey, who was a senior analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, is now at senior director of program strategy at Honored, a nonprofit that spotlights great teachers.

Brenna Copeland, founder and CEO of EdPlex, is now a program officer for quality school options at Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Rebecca Eden Wolfe Lane, who was an associate vice president at Jobs for the Future, is now vice president for impact and improvement at KnowledgeWorks.

Barbara K. Mistick, who is currently president of Wilson College in Pennsylvania, will become president of National Association of Independent College and Universities in September.

Deanna Niebuhr, who led the Community School initiative at the Partnership for Children and Youth, has joined the Opportunity Institute as director of integrated student supports.

Maria Echaveste, a former Clinton White House official and senior fellow at the Opportunity Institute, has been named president and CEO of the Opportunity Institute. She replaces founder Christopher Edley, who is returning to teaching full time at UC Berkeley Law.

Rajiv Vinnakota, who led the youth and engagement division at the Aspen Institute, will become the next president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Candice Dodson, director of e-learning for the Indiana Department of Education, has been named executive director of the  State Educational Technology Directors Association.

Charles E. Patterson, senior adviser for executive outreach in the U.S. Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid, has been named the next president of Mansfield University.

Carol L. Folt, who was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become the next president of University of Southern California.

Angelica Infante-Green, a deputy education commissioner in New York state who once oversaw English language learners in New York City, has been nominated to be Rhode Island's next commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

Anna Gregory, who spent eight years working for the District of Columbia Public Schools, is now chief of staff for KIPP DC.

Adam Kissel, who served as a deputy assistant secretary of higher education programs in the Trump administration, is now director of civic and higher education programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Lewis Ferebee, who was superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, has been confirmed as District of Columbia Public Schools chancellor in a vote by the D.C. City Council. He has been serving in an acting capacity since January.

Nicole Gaudiano, who previously covered Congress and politics for Gannett/USA, is joining POLITICO as a national education reporter covering K-12 policy.

Lesley Muldoon, who is the chief of policy and advocacy at CenterPoint Education Solutions and previously helped to launch and manage PARCC, has been appointed executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Mark A. Brown, a retired Air Force major general, has been appointed as the new chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid. He replaces James Manning, who served in the role on an acting basis.

Jo Ellen Parker,  who served as president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and of Sweet Briar College, has been named vice president for communications of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Carmen Ayala, superintendent of the Berwyn North School District in Illinois, has been named Illinois's state superintendent of schools. She replaces Tony Smith, who stepped down at the end of January.

David Stevenson, who most recently served as executive vice president at Amplify Education, is joining Whiteboard Advisors as entrepreneur-in-residence.

Marc Chun, who was a program officer in education at the Hewlett Foundation, has joined Overdeck Family Foundation to lead the foundation's Exceptional Educators portfolio.

Emma Vadehra, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Education secretaries Arne Duncan and John B. King Jr., will lead Next100, a new progressive think tank started by The Century Foundation.

Chris Quintana, a reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, is joining USA Today as an education enterprise reporter.

James A. Gash, associate dean for strategic planning and external relations and professor of law at the Pepperdine School of Law, has been named president of Pepperdine University.

Brad Strong, the long-time education director for Children Now in California, is now legislative director for California Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford professor emeritus and founder of the Learning Policy Institute, has been named chair of the California State Board of Education.

Denise Forte, who a senior education fellow and director of public affairs for The Century Foundation, is now The Education Trust's senior vice president for government affairs and partnership engagement.

Heather Hiles, a former deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and technology entrepreneur, was named the first CEO and president of California’s online community college.

Jon Deane, who was director of education at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has been named CEO of Great Schools.

Steve Mancini, who has served as both the communications director for the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund and the public affairs director for the KIPP Foundation. is joining RALLY communications firm as a principal.

Scott Sargrad, an Obama-era Education Department official and a managing director at the Center for American Progress, will become the new vice president of K12 education policy for the center. Khalilah Harris, who was the first deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will replace Sargard as managing director.

Caprice Young, who was president of the Education Growth Group, has become superintendent of the Learn4Life Network.

Robert W. Iuliano, a senior vice president and general counsel at Harvard, has been named president of Gettysburg College.

Natasha Ushomirsky, who has held several positions at The Education Trust for the past decade, has become the nonprofit's state director for Massachusetts.

Debra Britt, who has been communications director of CRPE, will become strategic communications manager for Edunomics Lab a Georgetown University center focused on school finance.

Pam Fine, a former newspaper editor who has served most recently as the John S. and James L. Knight Chair for News, Leadership, and Community, and a professor of journalism, at the University of Kansas, has been named editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Dixon, an education policy advisor to former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, has become executive director of A+ Education Partnership.

Bobby Griffith recently served as an instructor and teaching assistant for the University of Oklahoma, has been named executive director of Oklahoma Achieves.

Edward M. Lambert Jr., who was vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been appointed executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education.

Ryan Cantrell, a senior director at PIE Network, is now director of state strategy and political affairs at the American Federation for Children.

Kris Perry, an early childhood education advocate and president of Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), has been named deputy secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency for Early Childhood Development.

David Soo,  a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Education Department, will become chief of staff at Jobs for the Future.

Daphne Layton, who was senior associate dean for development and alumni relations at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will join Jobs for the Future as senior vice president.

Romy Drucker, co-founder and CEO of The 74, will step down from her daily role to become deputy director of the K-12 ed program at the Walton Family FoundationStephen Cockrell, who served as director of external impact for the KIPP Foundation, will replace her as CEO. Steve Snyder, The 74's editorial director, has been named editor-in-chief.

Carlos Muñiz, who has served as the U.S. Education Department's general counsel, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court.

Deb Delisle, who has served as executive director and CEO of ASCD and a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department, will become president and chief executive officer of the Alliance for Excellent Education. She replaces the retiring Gov. Bob Wise.

Andrea Ramirez, who is executive director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education, has been named interim executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency, has been named education commissioner for the state of Tennessee.

Sean P. "Jack" Buckley, who was senior vice president of research and evaluation at American Institutes for Research (AIR), has been named president and chief scientist of Imbellus, an assessment company focused on simulation-based learning.

Lande Ajose, executive director of California Competes, has been named senior policy advisor for higher education for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Nathan Barrett, who was associate director and senior research fellow at The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, is now senior director of research and evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Saroja Warner, director of Teacher Workforce Initiatives at the Council of Chief State School Officers, will become senior state technical assistance director at WestEd.

Dan Currell, who was a managing director at AdvanceLaw, has been named deputy under secretary of the U.S. Education Department. His portfolio includes vocational and adult education, postsecondary education, college aid and financial reforms for the Pell Grant program.

Casey Sacks, who served as vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, is now deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.

Anna Raymond Bartlett, who served as a deputy chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, is now director of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Education Department.

Laurie VanderPloeg, who was director of special education at Kent Intermediate School District in Michigan, has been named  director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Education Department.

Daniela Garcia, who was a state representative in Michigan, will now serve as director of outreach for the U.S. Education Department Office of Communications and Outreach.

Aimee Viana, who was executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will be the principal deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

J. Alex Kelly, who was vice president of advocacy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, will become the chief of staff at the Florida Department of Education.

Aaliyah Samuel, who was director of the education division at the National Governors Association, has become vice president of policy & advocacy at NWEA.

Callie Kozlak, who previously worked for UnidosUS and the U.S. Education Department, has been named associate superintendent for policy and government relations at the Arizona Department of Education.



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