David W. Andrews is a distinguished scholar who has dedicated his career to improving academic and behavioral outcomes for at-risk children and youth. Currently the dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Dean Andrews has served on the faculty of Ohio State University and was the founding dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. Andrews has spent his enhancing opportunities for children and youth. As a researcher and program developer, he has created and evaluated international, national, state and local initiatives designed to improve schools and enhance the well-being of children and youth, particularly those in urban areas with vulnerable populations. As an administrator in higher education, he has led large diverse academic communities in establishing multidisciplinary approaches to meeting the educational and developmental needs of children from birth through young adulthood. Andrews earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Auburn University. He holds a master's degree from Kansas State University and a doctorate from Florida State University, both in child development.
Tamara Butler Battaglino co-leads The Parthenon Group’s Education Practice. She has advised clients on issues related to operational excellence, strategy development, and new venture creation. Her clients include a wide range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and some of the world's largest foundations. While at Parthenon, Battaglino has worked extensively with companies in the information and education sector, partnering with clients spanning the K-12, higher education, and corporate training continuum. Battaglino holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jeanne Allen is the Founder and President of The Center for Education Reform (CER), the leading voice and advocate for substantive and structural education reform in the US. Allen’s long-time leadership in the movement has earned her national recognition and credibility among policymakers, business leaders and the media. After receiving her BA from Dickinson College, Allen worked on Capitol Hill and then moved to the US Department of Education under President Reagan, where she served as special assistant in the Office of Postsecondary Education. From there, Allen developed the education policy agenda for The Heritage Foundation, and her long time experience there taught her that advocacy for education reform was best accomplished in an organization exclusively devoted to bridging the ideological and policy divides that had too often impeded the US’ educational progress. With three small children at home, Jeanne founded CER in 1993 to carry out a unique state level agenda that would influence a new generation of reformers and stimulate the modern school reform movement.
Guilbert C. Hentschke (Advisory Board Chair) is the Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, where he served as dean from 1988 to 2000. His research and writing focus on the finance and governance of public, non-profit, and for-profit education organizations. Prior to his tenure at USC, Hentschke served in administrative and faculty positions at the University of Rochester, Columbia University, the Chicago Public Schools, and the East Side Union High School District (CA). He earned his bachelor's degree in history and economics at Princeton University and his masters and doctorate in education and business at Stanford University.
Frederick M. Hess is an educator, political scientist and author, who studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include “The Same Thing Over and Over,” “Education Unbound,” “Common Sense School Reform,” “Revolution at the Margins” and “Spinning Wheels.” He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.