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

Jill Bramble

President and CEO

National 4-H Council

Andy Calkins


Next Generation Learning Challenges

LaShawn Routé Chatmon

Executive Director

National Equity Project

Camille Farrington

Managing Director, Senior Research Associate

University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Andrew Frishman

Co-Executive Director

Big Picture Learning

Eric Gordon

Senior Vice President of Student Development and Education Pipeline

Cuyahoga Community College

Scott Hartl

President and CEO

EL Education

Robert Jagers

Vice President of Research


Lindsay Jones

Chief Executive Officer

CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Melissa Kim

Deputy Chancellor

District of Columbia Public Schools

John King

President and CEO

Education Trust

Cynthia Leck



Carol Lee

Professor Emerita

Northwestern University

Rich Lerner

Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science

Tufts University

Robert Mahaffey

Executive Director

Rural School and Community Trust

Claire Marcy

Senior Vice President

Healthy Schools Campaign

Becky Pringle


National Education Association

Lisa Quay

Executive Director

Student Experience Research Network

Pedro Rivera


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Kwesi Rollins

Senior Vice President of Leadership and Engagement

Institute for Educational Leadership

Rey Saldaña

President and CEO

Communities In Schools

Jim Shelton


Chief Investment & Impact Officer at Blue Meridian Partners

Hal Smith

Senior Vice President, Education, Youth Development & Health

National Urban League

Margaret Beale Spencer

Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

University of Chicago

Shael Suransky


Bank Street College

Diane Tavenner

Co-Founder & CEO

Summit Public Schools

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Senior Director, Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Winsome Waite

Senior Advisor

Global Science of Learning Education Network

Martin West

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, Academic Dean

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ross Wiener

Vice President & Executive Director

Aspen Institute Education & Society Program

Carey Wright

State Superintendent of Schools

Maryland State 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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