Who We Are

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 on the education and lives of all young people.

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


City Year

Andy Calkins


Next Generation Learning Challenges

LaShawn Routé Chatmon

Executive Director

National Equity Project

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


Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Scott Hartl

President and CEO

EL Education

Robert Jagers

Vice President of Research


Lindsay Jones

CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

John King

President and CEO

Education Trust

Cynthia Leck



Melissa Kim

Deputy Chancellor

District of Columbia Public Schools

Carol Lee

Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education

Northwestern University

Rich Lerner

Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science

Tufts University

Robert Mahaffey

Executive Director

Rural School and Community Trust

Becky Pringle


National Education Association

Lisa Quay

Executive Director

Student Experience Research Network

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Vice President of Policy


Pedro Rivera


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

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


Bank Street College

Diane Tavenner

Co-Founder & CEO

Summit Public Schools

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Winsome Waite

Senior Program Director

The Opportunity Institute

Marty West


Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ross Wiener

Vice President & Executive Director

Aspen Institute Education & Society Program

Carey Wright

State Superintendent of Education

Mississippi Department of Education

SoLD Team

The SoLD Alliance includes leaders from the American Institutes for Research, Education Counsel LLC, KP Catalyst, Learning Policy Institute, Populace, and Turnaround for Children. The team is committed to building the interdisciplinary foundations and collaborative connections needed to catalyze durable, systemic transformation within and across education systems.

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