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About CIE


The Center for Innovation in Education works to advance systems that seek greater equity in how children develop the identity, community, agency, and competency that pave the way for greater equity in our larger society.


At C!E we believe a new approach to public education governance is emerging - an approach in which leadership of the system is neither top down, nor bottom up, but something more collaborative and complex that engages the public’s trust.  We act on this aspiration by forming learning communities of leaders who are committed to striving for the kind of extraordinary leadership that builds, sustains and repairs relationships across traditional lines of difference to reshape systems so that they are, by design, always seeking greater equity.


Please read our Declaration of Intent to learn more about who we are, why we do the work that we do, and our beliefs about what equity means and what it means to work for equity - - these beliefs have become the moral and intellectual compass for our work.


The Center for Innovation in Education launched in 2013 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett  Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


We believe that the public good is served by raising the bar of expectations for individual learners, for professional educators, and for the education system itself.

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Our Team

Vickey Dai

Administrative Staff Officer

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Rita Harvey

Partner, Systems Transformation



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Lauren Ho

Supporting Partner, Managing Learning Networks and Projects

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Paul Leather

Partner, Education Policy and State and National Relationships


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Sarah Lench
Partner, Learning Design and Storytelling


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Gretchen Morgan

Managing Partner

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Jennifer Davis Poon



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Doannie Tran

Partner, Liberatory


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Linda Pittenger
Board Member


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Gene Wilhoit


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