Cyrus Driver

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.

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