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Education influencers

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The School Board Elections project maintains articles on prominent national and state-based activists and organizations influencing American K-12 education. The activist pages contain information regarding their backgrounds, careers, political involvement and philosophies. The organization pages contain information regarding their leaderships, locations, funding, mission statements and electoral involvement.

Influential activists

Influential organizations

NameLocationTypeTop officialWebsite
50CANWashington, D.C.501(c)(3)Marc Porter Magee
Academic EarthHouston, Texas501(c)(3)Stephanie Snider
AchieveWashington, D.C.Mark B. Grier
America AchievesWashington, D.C. and New York, New York501(c)(3)Sibyll Carnochan Catalan
American Educational Research AssociationWashington, D.C.Joyce E. King
American Federation for ChildrenWashington, D.C.501(c)(4)Greg Brock
American Federation of TeachersWashington, D.C.501(c)(5)Randi Weingarten
American Principles ProjectWashington, D.C.Francis P. Cannon
American School Counselor AssociationAlexandria, VirginiaDr. Sharon F. Sevier
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationSeattle, WashingtonSusan Desmond-Hellmann
Broad Center for the Management of School SystemsLos Angeles, California501(c)(3)
Center for Education ReformWashington, D.C.Kara Kerwin
Center for Research on Education OutcomesStanford, CaliforniaMargaret Raymond
Center on Education PolicyWashington, D.C.501(c)(3)Maria Voles Ferguson
Center on Reinventing Public EducationSeattle, WashingtonRobin Lake
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive InnovationSan Mateo, CaliforniaAnn Christensen
Committee for Education FundingWashington, D.C.Kimberly Jones
Data Quality CampaignWashington, D.C.Rob McKenna
Democrats for Education ReformNew York, New YorkJoe Williams
Education Action Group FoundationMuskegon, MichiganKyle Olson
Education NextCambridge, MassachusettsPaul E. Peterson
Education SectorWashington, D.C.501(c)(3)David Myers
Education TrustWashington, D.C.501(c)(3)Kati Haycock
Education VotesWashington, D.C.

Lily Eskelsen García
Edvance ResearchSan Antonio, TexasDr. Dean Nafziger
Foundation for Excellence in EducationTallahassee, Florida501(c)(3)Patricia Levesque
Friedman Foundation for Educational ChoiceIndianapolis, IndianaDr. Patrick Byrne
Institute of Education SciencesWashington, D.C.John Q. Easton
Integrity in EducationWashington, D.C.Sabrina Stevens
Learning First AllianceAlexandria, VirginiaFrancine Lawrence
Mass Insight EducationBoston, Massachusetts501(c)(3)William Guenther
Mathematica Policy ResearchPrinceton, New JerseyPaul T. Decker
National Alliance for Public Charter SchoolsWashington, D.C.Nina Rees
National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenWashington, D.C.Carol Brunson Day
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education ResearchWashington, D.C.Jane Hannaway
National Center for Education StatisticsWashington, D.C.Peggy G. Carr
National Center on Performance IncentivesNashville, TennesseeMatthew G. Springer
National Council of Teachers of EnglishUrbana, IllinoisKathy G. Short
National Council of Teachers of MathematicsReston, VirginiaDiane J. Briars
National Council on Teacher QualityWashington, D.C.Kate Walsh
National Education Policy CenterBoulder, ColoradoKevin Welner
National PTAAlexandria, VirginiaOtha Thornton
National School Choice WeekMiramar Beach, FloridaAndrew Campanella
National School Foundation AssociationDes Moines, IowaNina M. Menis
National Science Teachers AssociationArlington, VirginiaDr. Juliana Texley
Nellie Mae Education FoundationQuincy, Massachusetts501(c)(3)Nicholas C. Donahue
NewSchools Venture FundOakland, California501(c)(3)Ted Mitchell
Parent RevolutionLos Angeles, CaliforniaBen Austin
Partnership for 21st Century SkillsWashington, D.C.Ken Kay
Public ImpactChapel Hill, North CarolinaBryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel
RAND CorporationSanta Monica, California501(c)(3)Michael D. Rich
Research for ActionPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaKate Shaw
State Collaborative on Reforming EducationNashville, TennesseeJamie Woodson
Student Achievement PartnersNew York, New York501(c)(3)David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba
StudentsFirstSacramento, California501(c)(4)Michelle Rhee
Students MatterMenlo Park, California501(c)(3)David F. Welch
Support Our Public SchoolsDallas, Texas501(c)(4)Wilton Hollins
Teach for AmericaNew York, New York
Texans for Education ReformAustin, TexasSalem Abraham
Texas Coalition for Higher Education ExcellenceTexas
The Broad FoundationsLos Angeles, CaliforniaBruce Reed
The New Teacher ProjectBrooklyn, New YorkAriela Rozman
Thomas B. Fordham InstituteWashington, D.C.501(c)(3)Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Walton Family FoundationBentonville, Arkansas501(c)(3)Buddy D. Philpot

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