National Advisors

The association relies on this panel of trusted national advisors to stay attuned to the best thinking in education policy, school improvement, leadership, and professional learning. Through a series of interviews, our executive leadership consults with these leading minds to ensure that we stay on course for achieving our purpose.




Milton Chen
Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
San Rafael, CA

Dr. Milton Chen is Senior Fellow of The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a nonprofit operating foundation founded by the filmmaker in 1991. GLEF utilizes media, especially its multimedia website (www.edutopia.org), a magazine, Edutopia: The New World of Learning, and documentary films, to tell inspiring stories of how interactive technologies are transforming America's schools.




Linda Darling-Hammond
Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University 
Co-Director School Redesign Network (SRN)
Stanford, CA

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. Professor Darling-Hammond has also served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of teaching quality, school reform, and educational equity. Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade.




Mark A. Elgart
President and Chief Executive Officer, AdvancED
Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Mark A. Elgart currently serves as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer for Advance Education. Under his leadership, AdvancED is recognized as a leader on issues of educational quality. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Knowledge Alliance, and on the Advisory Board of Measured Progress.




Kati Haycock
President, The Education Trust
Washington, DC

Kati Haycock is one of the nation’s leading child advocates in the field of education. She currently serves as director of the Education Trust. Established in 1992, the Trust does what no other Washington-based education organization seeks to do—speaks up for what’s right for young people, especially those who are poor or members of minority groups.




C. Kent McGuire
President and Chief Executive Officer
Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA

C. Kent McGuire is president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation where his focus is on fairness and excellence by expanding the benefits of education to all people. From 2003-2010, he served as dean of the College of Education and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University. Previously, he was senior vice president at MDRC; served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of education; and was an education program officer at the Pew Memorial Trusts and at the Eli Lilly Endowment.




Ellen Moir
Founder and CEO, New Teacher Center
Santa Cruz, CA

Ellen Moir is the founder and CEO of the New Teacher Center, (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Ellen is widely recognized for her work in beginning teacher development and school reform. She has extensive experience in public education, having previously served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of California at Santa Cruz.




Wendy D. Puriefoy
Director of Education, Barr Foundation
Boston, MA

Wendy D. Puriefoy is a nationally recognized expert on issues of school reform and civil society. Ms. Puriefoy is well known for her passionate advocacy of education equity for poor and disadvantaged children and has written and spoken extensively on the issues.