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National Advisory Committee


Our work has been informed by hundreds of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. As an example, the SoLD Alliance National Advisory Committee (SNAC) regularly convenes to provide expert, strategic guidance to the SoLD Alliance as it develops infrastructure for systems change essential to making emerging lessons from the science of learning and development deeply understood, widely held, and actionable among education field leaders and the programs, organizations, and systems they lead. Members of the SNAC include field leaders from across the education and youth-serving landscape, representing research, practice, policy, and advocacy expertise. 

Layla Avila


CEO/Executive Director, Education Leaders of Color

Andy Calkins


Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Camille Farrington


Managing Director, Senior Research Associate University of Chicago Consortium on School Research


Scott Hartl


President and CEO, EL Education

Robert Jagers


Vice President of Research, CASEL

John King


President and CEO, Education Trust

Carol Lee


Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education, Northwestern University

Phyllis Lockett


CEO, LEAP Innovations

Lisa Quay


Executive Director, Mindset Scholars Network

Jim Shelton


Founding Partner, Amandla Enterprises

Jennifer Sirangelo


President and CEO, National 4-H Council

Shael Suransky


President, Bank Street College

Winsome Waite


Vice President of Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education

Jim Balfanz


President, City Year

Ron Dahl


Director, Center on the Developing Adolescent University of California, Berkeley

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds


Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd

Macarena Hernandez


Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism, Baylor University

Lindsay Jones


President and CEO, NCLD

Cynthia Leck


Partner, Transcend

Rich Lerner


Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Tufts University

Robert Mahaffey


Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust

Pedro Rivera


Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Jack Shonkoff


Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Hal Smith


Senior Vice President, Education and Health, National Urban League

Diane Tavenner


Co-Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools

Marty West


Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"The research of SoLD resonates with the instincts of universally great practices that can both affirm current practice and is a bold provocation to deeply redesign the system."


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