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. 

Jim Balfanz


President, City Year

LaShawn Routé Chatmon


Executive Director, National Equity Project

Rochelle Davis
President & CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign

Camille Farrington


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

Eric Gordon 
CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Macarena Hernandez


Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism, Baylor University

Lindsay Jones


President and CEO, NCLD

John King


President and CEO, Education Trust

Cynthia Leck


Partner, Transcend

Rich Lerner


Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Tufts University

Robert Mahaffey


Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust

Lisa Quay
Executive Director, Student Experience Research Network

Pedro Rivera
President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 

Rey Saldaña


President and CEO, Communities In Schools

Jack Shonkoff


Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Hal Smith


Senior Vice President, Education and Health, National Urban League

Shael Suransky


President, Bank Street College

Winsome Waite


Senior Education Fellow , The Forum for Youth Investment

Ross Wiener


Vice President & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Education & Society Program

Andy Calkins


Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Ron Dahl


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

Dan Domenech
Executive Director, AASA, The Superintendents Association

Andrew Frishman 
Co-Executive Director, Big Picture Learning

Scott Hartl


President and CEO, EL Education

Robert Jagers


Vice President of Research, CASEL

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap 
Assistant to the President for Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers

Melissa Kim 
Deputy Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools  

Carol Lee


Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education, Northwestern University

Phyllis Lockett


CEO, LEAP Innovations

Becky Pringle 
President, National Education Association

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds


Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd

Kwesi Rollins 
Vice President, Institute for Educational Leadership

Jim Shelton


Founding Partner, Amandla Enterprises

Jennifer Sirangelo


President and CEO, National 4-H Council

Margaret Beale Spencer 
Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Diane Tavenner


Co-Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools

Marty West


Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Carey Wright


State Superintendent of Education

Mississippi Department of Education