Joanne Weiss is an independent consultant to organizations on education programs, technologies, and policy. For the past fifteen years, she has focused on driving systems-level education change through high-impact grantmaking, investing, and policymaking. Her current work focuses on improving the academic core in K-12 schools through standards, curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and equity; she works primarily with state policymakers, national nonprofit service providers, curriculum developers, school systems, and foundations. From 2009-2013 she served in the Obama Administration as chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and director of the federal Race to the Top program. Prior to that, she led companies that pioneered technology-based approaches to solving teaching and learning challenges in K-12 and higher education.
Joanne Weiss works with a variety of clients, including foundations, nonprofits, education entrepreneurs and their investors, state education agencies, school districts, charter management organizations, and publishers.