Elizabeth Lodal (Board Chair) – Elizabeth Lodal, retired educator/principal, McLean, Virginia, has dedicated her career and life’s passion to education, music, and service, inspiring thousands of young people to fulfill their potential. Elizabeth served for more than 35 years as a public school teacher in Arlington County, Virginia, and as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, McLean High School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia. While Principal of McLean HS she taught Facing History and Ourselves to encourage more informed and active citizenship. She firmly believes that school principals must take the lead and set the example for students and teachers as active, engaged citizens who strive to improve our communities, states, and the nation. Elizabeth has received many awards and holds commendations from every level of government: the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia General Assembly, and the United States Congress. In tribute to Elizabeth’s commitment to young people, the McLean High School Library and Thomas Jefferson’s College and Career Center are named for her.
Nate Brown – As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nate works on the College Ready Team focusing on teacher engagement and teacher effectiveness. Nate brings with him both public and private sector experience as well as 13 years working to improve educational outcomes for America’s children. He previously served as the Director of Operations at the NYC Department of Education managing the Data & Strategic Analysis Group and HR technology as well as spearheaded several human capital initiatives. Prior to his time at the NYC DOE, he worked at Edison schools in an operations capacity and Merrill Lynch as a financial analyst.
Ayeola Booth-Kinlaw – Ayeola Boothe-Kinlaw has been the Director, Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership since January, 2011. She directs the Center’s operations and strategic consulting efforts to develop the next generation of leaders for reforming organizations in the K-12 space. The Center for Public Research and Leadership partners teams of exceptionally talented graduate and professional students with organizations aiming to create dramatic improvements in public education. Cross functional teams of students from Columbia’s Law, Business and Policy schools as well as Teachers College contribute analytic and strategic planning support to a wide range of organizations including state agencies, school districts and non-profit organizations. Prior to this role, she served for four years as the Senior Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation, and for six years prior to that, as a Director at The College Board. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology from Duke University and her Master’s in Educational Policy and Administration from Harvard University.
Chuck Cascio – A former teacher at both the secondary school and university levels, Chuck has spent the past 18 years working with national education-based organizations. Prior to his role on the board of USHCA, Chuck developed communications, public affairs, and interactive learning as a Vice President at Educational Testing Service (ETS) for ten years. Before joining ETS, Chuck was Vice President for Certification Standards and Teacher Development at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where he expanded the profile of NBPTS through a variety of creative promotional initiatives. As both a staff member and consultant for different education organizations, Chuck has developed promotional campaigns, media-relations strategies, and business initiatives that have increased awareness, improved public relations, and grown market presence. He is a highly skilled writer, editor, and speaker who has worked on projects ranging from book development through website content, logo creation, sales copy, and speech content and presentation. His awards include being lead creative developer for an Emmy Award-winning public service campaign, and receiving a National Endowment for Humanities Grant, a Presidential Scholars Award, a Rothman Institute Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and various honors and citations for journalism, creative writing, and teaching. Chuck holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from American University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Wagner College, and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Sharon Robinson – A nationally known leader in education rights for disadvantaged students, Sharon Robinson is president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The former president of the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Educational Policy Leadership Institute, Dr. Robinson is a lifelong civil rights activist who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, where she also earned her doctorate in educational administration and supervision. Before joining ETS, Dr. Robinson was assistant secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education’s .office of educational research and improvement. She also held a variety of leadership positions at the National Education Association (NEA), including director of the National Center for Innovation,of NEA’s research and development arm, and she recently served as interim deputy director of the National PTA’s programs and legislation office. Dr. Robinson’s many awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville, the Award of Appreciation from the National Head Start Association, the Founders Award from the National Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Foundation, the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction award, and the Teacher for America Award. Dr. Robinson also serves on the supplemental education task force of Columbia University and has chaired the diversity issues in measurement committee of the National Council for Measurement in Education.