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The Churn: The Latest Moves in Education

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

M. Brian Blake, currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia, will join George Washington University as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

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.

Jacquelyn Davis, co-founder and partner of Education Forward DC, has been named CEO and president of the Bainum Family Foundation. She will replace Barbara Bainum, who is stepping away from day-to-day management.

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.