Our People

The National Center is made up of a diverse group of experienced people that work to solve our nation’s most challenging education problems. We attract professionals from many backgrounds including former federal and state government executives, education foundation leaders, researchers, education policy experts, education project managers, district superintendents and school principals.

Board of Trustees    |    Leadership    |    Staff

Board of Trustees

Sue S. Stewart
Sue S. Stewart, Chair

Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Marc S. Tucker, Vice Chair

President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Fellow, National Center on Education and the Economy

Peggy Brookins
Peggy Brookins

President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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Joyce Elliott

Senator, Arkansas State Legislature

Robert L. Joss
Robert L. Joss

Philip H. Knight professor and dean emeritus of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business

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James W. Pellegrino

Co-Director of Learning Sciences Research Institute
Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

Betsy Brown Ruzzi
Betsy Brown Ruzzi

Former NCEE Vice President, Independent Consultant

Lewis Spence
Lewis Spence

Former Court Administrator,
Massachusetts Trial Court

Vivien Stewart
Vivien Stewart

Senior Adviser for Education, Asia Society

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Aaron Thompson

President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Joanne Weiss
Joanne Weiss

President of Weiss Associates and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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John White

Co-founder and Board Chairman, Propel America, and former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education.

Leadership

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Anthony Mackay, CEO

Anthony Mackay has advised organizations, governments and school systems on every continent and is a leading voice in global education research and development. He is an expert advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) and council member of Asia Society’s Center for Global Education. Mackay moderates the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession and the Global Education Industry Summit and facilitates key debates at the events of the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE). He is also the Chair of the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER); Deputy Chancellor of Swinburne University, Melbourne; Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne; and Deputy Chair of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Before joining NCEE, Mackay was the CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education in Australia. In 2016, Mackay began serving as senior advisor to the NCEE and former president and founder, Marc Tucker. In January of 2019, Tucker and the NCEE Board of Trustees selected Mackay as the second president and CEO of NCEE.

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Jason Dougal

Executive Vice-President

Kelli Polon
Kelli Polon

Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer Beck-Wilson

Director, Continuous Improvement

Eric Jones
Eric Jones

Director, Professional Learning

Jackie Kraemer
Jackie Kraemer

Director, Policy Analysis and Development

Larry Molinaro, Jr.
Larry Molinaro, Jr.

Director, Research and Development

Suzie Sullivan
Suzie Sullivan

Secretary of the Corporation

Josh Tucker
Josh Tucker

Director, Communications and Advocacy

Staff

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Andrea Anastasio

Marketing and Contracts Associate

Syrenthia Anderson
Syrenthia Anderson

National Facilitator

Todd Baldwin
Todd Baldwin

Director, Kentucky

Julia Banks
Julia Banks

Communications Officer and Policy Associate

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Francis Barnes

National Facilitator

Doris Battle
Doris Battle

Director, Facilitator Development

Ann Borthwick
Ann Borthwick

Learning Systems Architect

Emily Brimsek
Emily Brimsek

Manager, Professional Learning Programs

Staff
Valerie Carter

LMS Administrator

Staff
Janice Case

Director, California

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Hannah Cheever

Policy Analyst

Gretchen Cheney
Gretchen Cheney

Senior Policy Analyst

Edward Chevallier
Edward Chevallier II

Executive Facilitator

Jennifer Craw
Jennifer Craw

Data and Graphic Designer

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Mike Czerniawski

National Facilitator

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John DeAtley

Senior National Facilitator

Christine Denmark
Christine Denmark

Director, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia

Staff
Yvonne DiMattia

Distinguished Facilitator

Nathan Driskell
Nathan Driskell

Associate Director, Policy Analysis and Development

Cindy Fielder
Cindy Fielder

Senior National Facilitator

Jill Fitzsimmons
Jill Fitzsimmons

Director, Human Resources

Mischelle Handley
Mischelle Handley

National Director of Strategic Partnerships

Pam Hedgpeth
Pam Hedgpeth

Distinguished Facilitator

Claire Hollywood
Claire Hollywood

Director, Formative Evaluation

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Donna Hughes

Senior Instructional Systems Designer

Tonya Johnson-Hunter
Tonya Johnson-Hunter

Senior National Facilitator

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Elfreda Massie

Distinguished Facilitator

Akshay Mehta
Akshay Mehta

Controller

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Amy Morton

Director, Pennsylvania

Staff
Annette O’Boyce

Senior National Facilitator

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David Osborne

Associate Director, Professional Learning

Monica Pfister
Monica Pfister

Policy Analyst

Staff
Heather Porterfield

Manager, Online Learning

Joel Price
Joel Price

Director, Information Technology

Staff
Nantana Ritthaworn

Accounting Clerk

Bob Rothman
Robert Rothman

Senior Editor

Susan Rucker
Susan Rucker

Director, Mississippi and North Carolina

Staff
Kenneth Rybarczyk

Director, Production and Client Systems

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Tim Schneider

Director, Louisiana

Staff
Sharisa Sesawaeng

Office Coordinator

Dr. Gregory Thornton
Greg Thornton

Resident Superintendent

Bryce Walker
Bryce Walker
Manager, Instructional Technology Systems
James Williams
James Williams

Senior National Facilitator

Staff
Jordan Zaner

Administrator, Technology Development and Support

Emeritus Trustees

David Barram
David J. Barram

Former Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

VanBuren Hansford
VanBuren N. Hansford, Jr.

Partner, Global Commodities Trade and Finance Ltd.

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Robert King

Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Ray Marshall
Ray Marshall

Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics & Public Affairs, L.B.J. School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, TX

Robert Schwartz
Professor Emeritus of Practice in Education Policy and Administration
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Former education advisor to the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts
Robert Schwartz

Professor Emeritus of Practice in Education Policy and Administration, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

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