Daniel Leeds is the Founder and President of the National Public Education Support Fund. He is also the founder and chair of the Education Voters Institute and helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education, which he also chairs. In addition to these organizations, he and his extended family (the Leeds/Jobin-Leeds) have launched, funded and advocated on behalf of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement. Dan joined the board of the PBS Foundation in 2013.
Along with his wife, Sunita, Dan co-chairs The Enfranchisement Foundation, which focuses on breaking the cycles of poverty and intolerance in the United States as well as on women's issues. Mr. Leeds is the President of Fulcrum Investments LLC, a private investment firm. Until the sale of CMP Media in 1999, he was President of International Publishing and a member of the Office of the President. CMP, a leading media company, published titles such as InformationWeek, Computer Reseller News and Electronic Engineering Times. The company was cited as "One of the Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune Magazine and Working Women Magazine
Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the School Redesign Network and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education.
Linda’s research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school reform, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994 to 2001, she served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future,” led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching across the United States. In 2006, this piece was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education, and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade.
Governor Bob Wise
Governor Bob Wise is President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, one of the public charities represented on the founding board of the National Public Education Support Fund. Under his leadership, the Alliance has continued to build its reputation as an authority on high school policy and to advocate for reform in American secondary education to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and career.
As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, he implemented the PROMISE Scholarship program, significantly increasing college attendance in the state. From 1983 to 2001, Governor Wise served in the U.S. House of Representatives, aggressively working to preserve financial aid for students to attend college. His Board and committee involvement includes America’s Promise, the National High School Center, the Digital Learning Council, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In 2011, Governor Wise was named to The NonProfit Times "Power and Influence Top 50," an annual listing of the fifty most influential executives in the nonprofit sector.
Terri Shuck helped launch and develop the Education Funder Strategy Group in 2009. She has over 30 years of experience in organizational development for non-profit and public interest organizations, including senior leadership roles with the Institute for America’s Future, League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the LCV Education Fund, People For the American Way, the Government Accountability Project, and the Forum Institute.
In her early career, Terri held staff positions with the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the ACTION Agency/VISTA volunteer program, and The Youth Project, which encouraged the participation of young people in public interest advocacy and community organizing.
Senior Director for Strategy and Program
Cyrus Driver joined the National Public Education Support Fund in April 2015 as Senior Director of Strategy and Program to lead their growing partnership strategies. Most recently, Cyrus was Vice-President for Strategy at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, launching their efforts to become a pro-active, visible leader on issues of regional inequality. Cyrus worked at the Ford Foundation from 1998-2011, principally as a key architect of education strategies. Trained as an Alinsky-style community organizer, he co-directed coalition-building and parent-organizing strategies at Designs for Change, which led the movement to decentralize Chicago’s public schools during 1985-1991. Cyrus holds a Ph.D. in the economics of education, and M.A. in economics, both from Stanford, an M.P.P. from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has authored or co-authored published works on education, and worked as a policy analyst for the Oakland and Berkeley, CA school districts.
Director, Education Justice Network
Beth Glenn is Director of the Education Justice Network (EJN), a collaborative of six national education nonprofits advocating for greater education equity and opportunity. As director, Beth facilitates collaboration and alignment among member policy, research and advocacy institutions, with the goal of enabling systems to deliver more excellent and equitable teaching and learning. Before directing EJN, Beth served as a consultant and as the National Education Director for the NAACP. Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis at The New School in New York, NY. She went on to serve as a staffer on Capitol Hill and as the director of policy and outreach for the Forum for Education & Democracy, launching the Forum’s Washington office and helping the think tank raise its profile and inject practitioner wisdom into national policy debates both within and outside the beltway.
Operations and Special Projects Manager
Anthony Tellish joined the National Public Education Support Fund in January 2014, overseeing operations and the coordination of the international program. Previously, Anthony was a middle school social studies teacher in Maryland. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC and more recently at The Doe Fund, a major homeless services organization in New York City. While at the Doe Fund, he spearheaded their major gifts program, which resulted in a significant increase to the organization’s overall annual fundraising capability. In addition to earning a Master’s Degree from New York University in Sociology of Education and Education Policy he earned a B.A. from American University in Political Science and his teaching certification from DePaul University.
Membership Support Coordinator
Taylor Moore joined the National Public Education Support Fund in November 2015. Prior to joining NPESF, Taylor worked with the University of Connecticut School of Business’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a program offering small business training to disabled veterans of post-9/11 combat. As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, Taylor worked as an assistant teacher in the University's Child Development Laboratories infant center. Most recently, Taylor interned with U.S. Representative Jim Himes (CT-04) on Capitol Hill. Taylor graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut’s Honors Program in May 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and French.