Who We Are

SoLD Allies

SoLD Allies

Through their work, SoLD Allies elevate the science of learning and development and advance key shifts in research, practice, and policy to transform education and youth development systems to be aligned with the science and designed for equity.  

In this way, SoLD Allies help shape the next-generation education decision agenda and work to have a meaningful impact in the education and lives of all young people.

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National Advisory Committee

The SoLD Alliance is a growing partnership of leaders and organizations who believe that the science of learning and development presents powerful lessons to transform education systems and help each young person achieve their full potential. Our leadership represents leading education organizations from research, practice, policy, and youth development.

Jim Balfanz President, City Year

Andy Calkins Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

LaShawn Routé Chatmon Executive Director, National Equity Project

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

Rochelle Davis President & CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign

Dan Domenech Executive Director, AASA, The Superintendents Association

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

Andrew Frishman Co-Executive Director, Big Picture Learning

Eric Gordon CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Scott Hartl President and CEO, EL Education

Macarena Hernandez Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism, Baylor University

Robert Jagers Vice President of Research, CASEL

Lindsay Jones President and CEO, NCLD

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

John King President and CEO, Education Trust

Melissa Kim Deputy Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools    

Cynthia Leck Partner, Transcend

Carol Lee Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education, Northwestern University

Rich Lerner Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Tufts University

Phyllis Lockett CEO, LEAP Innovations

Robert Mahaffey Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust

Becky Pringle President, National Education Association

Lisa Quay Executive Director, Student Experience Research  Network

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd

Pedro Rivera President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Kwesi Rollins Vice President, Institute for Educational Leadership

Rey Saldaña President and CEO, Communities In Schools

Jim Shelton Founding Partner, Amandla Enterprises

Jack Shonkoff Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Jennifer Sirangelo President and CEO, National 4-H Council

Hal Smith Senior Vice President, Education and Health, National Urban League

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

Shael Suransky President, Bank Street College

Diane Tavenner Co-Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools

Winsome Waite Senior Program Director, The Opportunity Institute

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

Marty West Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Carey Wright State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi Department of Education


Pamela Cantor, M.D.


Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children


Bethany Little


Principal, EducationCounsel

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Scott Palmer


Partner, EducationCounsel


Merita Irby 

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Forum for Youth Investment


Linda Darling-Hammond


President & CEO, Learning Policy Institute

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David Osher


Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research


Karen Pittman 
Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Forum for Youth Investment

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Todd Rose


Co-Founder & President, Populace

Faculty Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Juliette Berg

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research


Sarah Caverly

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research


Jennifer DePaoli

 Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute

​Laura Hernandez

Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute

Samantha Kobbah

Policy Associate, EducationCounsel


Jackie Ross

SoLD Director of Communications

Joaquin Tamayo

Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel

Elizabeth Tijerina

Special Assistant to the Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children



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