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The Churn: The Latest Moves in Education

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Keith Hayashi, a high school principal who has been serving as Hawaii's interim state superintendent since August, has been named to the superintendent's position.

Jennifer L. Mnookin, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Patrick Wall, a reporter for Chalkbeat Newark, will become a senior reporter on Chalkbeat's national team.

Tina Ochoa, who was a vice president at Families in Schools, is now managing director of community partnerships for Citizen Schools.

Kathryn Gimborys, who was a senior government affairs associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, is now a government relations manager at the American Association of Community Colleges.

Daarel Burnette II, an assistant managing editor at Education Week, will become a senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Donna Paoletti Phillips, academic innovations director for the District of Columbia Public Schools, is now vice president and chief program officer at the Center for Civic Education.

Michael Dannenberg, a vice president at 

Jessica Nocera, a local news reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will begin covering K-12 schools.

Blake Jones, a reporter with the Idaho Education News, is joining POLITICO’s California team to cover statewide education.

Amanda Fuchs Miller, legislative director for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, is now general counsel for Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools in Washington state, will be the next superintendent of the Washoe County School District in Nevada.

Helene Gayle, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, has been named president of Spelman College.

Mike Magee, founder and CEO of Chiefs for Change, has been named president of Minerva University.

Sarah Almy, who was an administrator for Denver Public Schools, has joined the National Center on Teacher Quality as chief of external affairs.

Daisy Nguyen, a long-time reporter for the Associated Press, will cover early childhood learning and care for KQED, San Francisco's NPR affiliate.

Michelle Reid, superintendent of Northshore School District in Washington state, has been named superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Erin Kane, who was executive director of schools at American Academy in Colorado, is now superintendent of the Douglas County School District.

Carmen Nesbitt, an education and health reporter at the Flint Beat, is now an education reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Jaime Aquino, who has served as a deputy superintendent in Los Angeles, Denver Public Schools and New York City, has been named superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District.

Thuan Nguyen, president and chief operating officer of AVID, has been named chief executive officer of the education nonprofit.

Scott Mitchell, who was chief financial officer of HireRoad, has been named chief financial officer of School Status, an education communications platform.

Jason Bedrick, who was director of policy for EdChoice, has joined the Heritage Foundation's Center for Education Policy as a research fellow.

Sarah Garland, executive editor of The Hechinger Report, is joining The New York Times as an assistant Metro editor handling education, healthcare and housing.

Chrissie Thompson, education editor at USA Today, will lead the new Education Reporting Network at the Associated Press.

Emiliana Vegas, senior fellow of global economy and development and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, will join the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a professor of practice.

Henry Hipps, former deputy director of  K-12 education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has joined Owl Ventures as a senior advisor.

Valerie Sheares Ashby, dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, will serve as the new president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Kristin McSwain, who was executive director of the Boston Opportunity Agenda, is now senior advisor and director of the Office of Early Childhood for the city of Boston.

Suevon Lee, Honolulu Civil Beat education reporter, will become assistant managing editor of the education team at WBUR, Boston's NPR station.

Lorraine Longhi, who was a reporter for the Arizona Republic and Copper Courier in Phoenix, is now the education and health reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Amit Sevak, CEO and chairman of Mindset Global, has been named president and CEO of ETS.

Tony Watlington, superintendent of the 18,000-student Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina, has been named superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

Nereida Moreno, a producer at WBEZ in Chicago, will become an education reporter for the NPR affiliate.

Michelle Kang, chief strategy and innovation officer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC,  has been selected as the organization’s next chief executive officer.

Chiara Grabill, a former senior vice president at the New Teacher Center, is now chief growth officer of Educators for Excellence.

Scott Davis, manager of institutional research at Milwaukee Area Technical College, has joined Ascendium's Education Philanthropy as a learning and impact officer.

Amy Girardi, a program officer at Jobs for the Future, has joined Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy team as a senior program officer in the Remove Structural Barriers to Success focus area.

Erin Richards, national education reporter for USA Today, will become editorial director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Nasser Paydar, chancellor emeritus of Indiana University, has been nominated to be assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Education Department.

Kate Tromble, who was vice president of The Institute for College Access and Success, is now director of the Data Champions Collaborative at the Data Quality Campaign.

Cayla Bamberger, a reporter for The Connecticut Post and Hearst Connecticut Media Group, is now the education reporter for The New York Post.

Leslie Brodie, an education reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has joined Uncommon Schools as manager of institutional giving.

Jeff Smink, who was a co-founder and vice president at the National Summer Learning Association, has been named deputy director of The Education Trust-New York.

Frances Messano, president of NewSchools Venture Fund, will become CEO of the organization in January 2023.

Sanjiv Rao, who was director of civic engagement and government at the Ford Foundation, is now a senior fellow at Race Forward.

Vicki Phillips, who was most recently executive vice president and chief learning officer at the National Geographic Society, will become CEO of The National Center on Education and the Economy.

Heather Peske, senior associate commissioner for instructional support in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has been named president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Richard Anthony Tagle, who was chief executive officer of the Andy Roddick Foundation, is now president and CEO at Denver Public Schools Foundation.

Iranetta Wright, deputy superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, will become superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Jee Hang Lee, who was vice president for public policy and external relations for the Association of Community College Trustees, is now CEO and president of the association.

Tim Wills, who was CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, will become chief impact officer of MENTOR.

Renee LaVerne Harper, who was assistant vice present and controller at Liberty Mutual, is now chief financial officer of the Education Resource Strategies.

Wing Yi Chan, director of  P-12 research at The Education Trust, is joining Child Trends as senior director of education research.

Holly Trifiro, who was executive director of Teach For America in the Cleveland area, will become chief education officer in the administration of Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb.

Sonya Pryor-Jones, who was vice president and chief strategy officer at The Fab Foundation, will become chief of youth & family success in the administration of Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb.

Seamus McAvoy, a general assignment reporter at The Hartford Courant, has become the education and equity reporter.

Eva Mejia, who was chief strategy officer at Big Picture Learning, is now executive director for learning at IDEO.

John Garcia III, who was president and c

Adrienne Lu, who manages a team of research analysts at the Pew Charitable Trust, is headed to The Chronicle of Higher Education as a reporter.

Kayla Patrick, who was a senior policy analyst at The Education Trust, is now  a special assistant in the U.S. Education Department's Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Eddie L. Koen, president & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, has been named president of the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Rachel Dinkes, who was a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research, is now president and CEO of the Knowledge Alliance.

Monifa McKnight, who was deputy superintendent and intern superintendent in the Montgomery County, Md, has been named superintendent of the school district.

Andrew Ujifusa, a national education reporter at Education Week, will become a story editor at Chalkbeat.

Jordan Posamentier, director of policy and advocacy for the Committee for Children, has been promoted to vice president of  organization.

Miriam Calderon, who was deputy assistant secretary for early learning at the Department of Education, is joining Zero to Three as its chief policy officer.

Ian Rosenblum, who was an acting assistant secretary of education in the Education Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will become a principal at ILO Group, an education strategy and policy firm.

Sara Randazzo, a legal reporter based in Los Angeles for The Wall Street Journal, is moving to the education beat.

Jeannie Lee, president and executive director of the DC Public Education Fund, is now head of partnership expansion for the XQ InstituteTia Dole, chief clinical operations officer, for the Trevor Project, has been named executive director of The Steve Fund, which supports mental health among y0ung people of color.

William Hite Jr., superintendent of the Philadelphia school district, has been named the chief executive officer and president of the nonprofit KnowledgeWorks.

Tony Kinnett, co-founder of Chalkboard Review and formerly the science coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools, will become executive director of Choice Media. He replaces Bob Bowdon, who founded the education news website.

Jesse O'Connell, who was strategy director of the Lumina Foundation, is now senior vice president for education policy at the Center for American Progress.

Kira Orange Jones, founder of the Systems Impact Lab at Teach For America and an elected representative on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, will become the new chief executive officer of Teach Plus.

Sandi Jacobs, a principal at EducationCounsel, is joining the Baltimore City Public Schools as executive director of strategic resourcing, overseeing planning and implementation of Baltimore’s Kirwan Commission equity funding.

Nakia Towns, interim deputy superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee, will become deputy superintendent of Georgia's Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Linda Perlstein, director of impact at the Center for Reinventing Public Education, is joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she'll supervise writing projects.

Desmond Blackburn, chief executive officer of the New Teacher Center, will become deputy chancellor of school leadership for the New York City Department of Education.

Jillian Balow, who was state superintendent of schools in Wyoming, has been named Virginia's new schools chief.

Elizabeth Schultz, who was deputy director of  the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology in the Trump administration, will be Virginia's assistant superintendent of public instruction.

Lindsay Ellis, who covers research universities for The Chronicle of Higher Education, is joining The Wall Street Journal to cover college-to-career issues.

Liz Bowie, a long-time education reporter at the Baltimore Sun, is joining the Baltimore Banner, a nonprofit news outlet launching in Baltimore..

Krista Kaput, research director at EdAllies, is now a senior policy analyst at Bellwether Education Partners.

Liana Heitin Loewus, an assistant managing editor at Education Week, has joined U.S. News & World Report as managing editor for education.

Lesley Guggenheim, who was chief operating officer of the Student Leadership Network and a Vice President at  TNTP, is now chief operating officer at Brightbeam.

Christina K. Setlow, deputy director of the D.C. City Council's Committee of the Whole, has moved to the University of the District of Columbia, where she will be handling state and local affairs, special projects, and possibly teaching law.

LaWanda Toney, director of strategic communications at the National Parent Teacher Association, has been nominated to be assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the U.S. Education Department.

Laura Jimenez, director of accountability and standards at the Center for American Progress, has joined the U.S. Education Department as a senior advisor.

Aimee Rogstad Guidera, founder and former chief executive of the Data Quality Campaign, has been nominated to serve as Virginia's secretary of education.

Janel Davis, a senior editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will become deputy education editor at The Washington Post. She joins education editor Adam Kushner, who moved from the paper's Outlook section in November and April Bethea, who moved into a deputy education editor slot in February.

Beth Frerking, who was an editor at The Dallas Morning News, will become the next editor-in-chief of Education Week.

Zach Farmer, a longtime Congressional aide, will become director of Congressional affairs for the Council for Opportunity in Education, advocating for low-income and first-generation college students.

Daniel Weisberg, chief executive officer of TNTP, will become first deputy to David Banks, the newly appointed chancellor of New York City's school district,

Kenita Lloyd, the chief operating officer of the Eagle Academy Foundation, has been named deputy chancellor for family engagement in New York City public schools.

Valerie Williams, senior director of government relations & external affairs for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, is joining the U.S. Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services as director of the office of special education.

Alberto M. Carvalho, longtime superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has been named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

David Banks, an education leader who founded the Eagle Academy for Young Men, has been named chancellor of New York City's public schools.

Aaliyah Samuel, a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, has been named president and CEO of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Mamie Voight, who was interim president and a senior vice president at IHEP, has been named president of the higher education policy institute.

James Minor, assistant vice chancellor and senior strategist in the Office of the Chancellor at California State University, has been named chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Ruth López Turley, a professor of sociology and director of Rice University's Houston Education Research Consortium, has been selected as the next director of the university's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Danielle M. Gonzales, managing director of the Aspen Institute's Education & Society Program, will become executive director of New Mexico First.

Alla Pateriya, who was a director at Our Biswas, is now director of strategy and partnerships for Council of the Great City Schools.

Kenna Little, who has worked as chief financial officer for the Georgia Association of Educators and a Georgia-based private school, is now vice president of finance for 50CAN.

Aliza Husain, an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo's graduate school of education, is now research director at Pivot Learning.

Josh Moody, a higher education reporter at U.S. News, has moved to Inside Higher Ed.

Sommer Brugal, an education reporter at TCPalm on Florida's Treasure Coast, is headed to the Miami Herald to cover education.

Tequilla Brownie, executive vice president of strategy, policy, and community coalitions for TNTP, has been named chief executive officer of the organization. She'll replace Dan Weisberg in the new year.

Louise Richardson, vice chancellor of the University of Oxford in England, has been named president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

D'Andre Weaver, superintendent of DeSoto Independent School District in Texas, will become the chief digital equity officer at Digital Promise.

Dacia Toll, who helped launch and lead Achievement First, is now co-founder and CEO of a new online learning platform called StepMojo.

William Hughes, founder and CEO of JobReady, has been named president of Education Design Lab.

Glenna Gallo, who is assistant superintendent of special education for Washington state, has been nominated to be assistant secretary of education for special education and rehabilitative services.

Thomas Taylor, deputy superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia, has been named superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools, also in Virginia.

Stephen Moret, CEO and president of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, has been named CEO of Strada Education Network.

Beth Fertig, a long-time education reporter at WYNC Radio, is now senior education editor at XQ America.

Lisa Hicks, who was director of education for the Clayton Christensen Institute, is now chief operating officer for the Mastery Transcript Consortium.

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.

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.

nce, 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.

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.