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In response to recent news items about the selection process of school superintendents and the ultimate results of hiring practices, I have compiled some information about The Broad Center and their Broad Academy, a training program for superintendents.

It is most important and crucial to be familiar with the strength, the mission and the leadership who intend to fortify the current Department of Education policy on the growth of NCLB.

Please refer to their FAQ page at: http://broadacademy.org/faq/faq.php for information about their mission.

The Broad Academy has trained such candidates as Thandiwe Peebles, the first of two Superintendents recently removed from the Minneapolis, Minnesota school system as noted in the recent Star Tribune article: http://www.startribune.com/1592/story/232765.html

Of note in the FAQ section, The Broad Academy clearly appeals to the candidate who has an eye on his/her potential economic gain:

What can I expect to earn as a superintendent?
The salary for an urban superintendent varies district by district. You can expect to earn anywhere from $125,000 to over $400,000 annually plus a generous benefits package.

And as The Broad Academy notes, they believe there is no reason to exclude military, government or business executives from this financial and professional opportunity:

Why does The Center recruit non-traditional candidates?
We believe that the next generation of successful superintendents will come from a variety of professional backgrounds. We believe that the experiences and talents of senior executives from the military, government, business, higher education and the nonprofit arenas are transferable to K-12 public education. The Broad Center intends to make an important contribution to building the leadership capacity of urban districts by both deepening and widening the pool of potential candidates.

Now, about the Broad Academy Council. Here are the leaders at Broad:


The Executive Advisory Council is led by Frank Newman, former Chairman and CEO of Bankers Trust Corporation, and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. Mr. Newman, who also serves as Vice Chairman of The Broad Center, is a director of Dow Jones & Company, GUS plc and Korea First Bank.

The Executive Advisory Council works closely with Mr. Newman to recruit executive talent for all Broad Center programs. The Council's Members include :

General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army (retired)

Martin Lipton, Esquire, Founding Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Richard D. Parsons, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner, Inc.

Franklin D. Raines, Former Chairman & CEO, Fannie Mae

The Honorable Bill Richardson, Governor, State of New Mexico

The Honorable Paul A. Volker, Former Chairman, Federal Reserve System

Sanford I. Weill, Chairman, Citigroup

John F. Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric

And take a look at the “Team” because if you are interested in knowing who is aligned with the movement to strengthen and expand on the breadth and scope of NCLB, you will want to remember their names.

The Broad Foundation Leadership Team


Norma Castro, Associate Director for The Broad Prize, brings a wide range of experience in business, finance, marketing, and operations to this prestigious award and scholarship program. Most recently, Castro was manager of operations finance for the Australian conglomerate, Brambles Industries. Previously, she was business planning manager and senior marketing consultant for Dell, and has similar experience working in several high tech start ups. Castro started her career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. She received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Veronica Davey, Senior Director, is an education policy analyst who specializes in local education initiatives. Davey formerly served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor for Mayor Richard Riordan in Los Angeles, where she advised the mayor on education and family issues. In 1999, she established the Coalition for Kids, which successfully elected three reform candidates to the school board in Los Angeles. Before that, Davey served in San Jose, both as a policy analyst for former Mayor Susan Hammer and as Chief Deputy for Councilwoman Marjorie Matthews. Davey received her B.S. from Santa Clara University and M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Karen Denne, Chief Communications Officer, comes to The Broad Foundation after more than a decade in corporate communications and media relations in both the public and private sectors. Denne was Vice President of Public Relations for Enron Corp., where she worked for seven years, most recently heading the company's media relations, internal communications and acting as corporate spokeswoman. Denne previously worked as Communications Director for the General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She began her career as a reporter, writing for City News Service, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily News. Denne received her B.A. in print journalism, English and international relations from USC, where she also earned an M.P.A.

Rebecca Wolf DiBiase, Associate Director, has significant experience improving the productivity and accountability of schools. She has worked as a consultant for schools, nonprofits and other public organizations on goal-setting, leadership and program evaluation. Previously, DiBiase was director of accountability for the Charter School Office of the Massachusetts Department of Education. She also worked for the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, where she focused on policy reforms in K-12 education and urban entrepreneurship. Earlier in her career, DiBiase taught middle school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has a bachelor's degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia, and a master's in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Erik Fried, Program Analyst, comes to The Broad Foundation from the world of corporate strategy. He most recently worked for the strategy group at Roll International, a diversified holding company with investments in agriculture, packaged goods, and business services. Prior to Roll, Erik was at L.E.K. Consulting, where he worked on strategy and acquistion projects in industries ranging from e-learning to private equity and entertainment. Erik earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Institutions from Northwestern University.

Kevin Hall, Chief Operating Officer, was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of Business Development of Chancellor Beacon Academies, which manages public charter and private schools across the U. S. Prior to working at Chancellor Beacon, Hall was a Senior Vice President of infoUSA, a publicly traded information services company. He has also held positions at McKinsey & Co., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Teach for America. Hall also served as an elementary school teacher, and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. Hall received a B.A. with honors in political science and economics from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Wendy Hassett, Program Analyst, is a former Development Coordinator at George Washington University and a Manager of Operations at Voter.com. She has also served as the Education Coordinator in the White House Fellows Office.

Dan Katzir, Managing Director, has worked with numerous school districts, universities, corporations and community organizations to improve leadership in urban K-12 schools. Katzir is the former Executive Director of the UCLA School Management Program, a university-based nonprofit school leadership initiative run jointly by UCLA’s School of Education and School of Management. Katzir was the founding Los Angeles Regional Director for Sylvan Learning Systems and was the Chief Operating Officer for Teach For America. Katzir also was a consultant with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm that assists Fortune 500 companies with business strategy and operational performance. Katzir received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Erica Lepping, Associate Director for Marketing and Communications, most recently served as communications director for the nonprofit Coalition for Clean Air. An attorney as well as a communications specialist, Lepping previously practiced education law and environmental law for Holland & Knight LLP. She brings communications experience on education issues to The Broad Foundation, having served in various communications roles during the Clinton Administration, at the U.S. Department of Education, at the White House Press Office, and most recently as press secretary for U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Lepping has a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies from American University and a juris doctorate from UCLA's School of Law.

Frances McLaughlin, Senior Director, has considerable experience managing national and international educational programs. Most recently she served as executive vice president of the Council on International Educational Exchange ("CIEE"), a nonprofit and market leader in the fields of study abroad and international student exchange. Over the course of her ten years at CIEE, she also served as chief operating officer of the organization's largest division, managing operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. Prior to CIEE, McLaughlin was the director of North American marketing and sales for the EF International Language Schools and also worked as a regional director for Teach for America. McLaughlin has a bachelor's degree in history and art history and an Executive Management Certificate from Columbia University.

Gregory McGinity, Director of Policy, has worked at the Federal and state level on education policy. Prior to joining the Foundation, McGinity was the Senior Education Policy Consultant to the California State Board of Education, where he worked on the creation of California's academic content standards and assessment system. Previous to his return to California, McGinity worked for United States Senator Thad Cochran as a Legislative Assistant and then United States Representative Lindsey O. Graham as Legislative Director. Mr. McGinity advised both Members on education and training issues, and served on the negotiating team for the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Prior to that, McGinity served as a Legislative Liaison at the United States Department of Education during President George H.W. Bush's administration. McGinity received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Courtney Philips, Policy Analyst, previously was a presidential management fellow, serving as outreach director in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. In these capacities, she advised the assistant deputy secretary on the public school choice and supplemental services provisions of No Child Left Behind. At the age of 20, Philips was elected to office as a Neighborhood Councilwoman, representing 64,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles. She has a bachelor's degree in public policy and management from the University of Southern California and a master's in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.

Hilary Rowe, Knowledge and Information Systems Manager, has been a long-time consultant for The Broad Center and The Broad Foundation. Rowe also worked as a senior technical writer and senior editor for Symantec Corporation and as an editor and technical writer for the educational software company Six Red Marbles, Inc. Rowe has a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Stanford University.
Finance and Operations Team

Julie Baker, Senior Finance Director, was a manager at Grant, Tani, Barash & Altman, Inc. Previous to that, she worked at KPMG in their personal financial planning department. She also worked at Price Waterhouse LLP.

Mike Bruce, Finance Director, joins from Honeywell International in Torrance, where he most recently was finance manager for Honeywell's $800 million Turbo Technologies division. He also served Honeywell as a senior corporate auditor and assistant controller. Bruce worked for three years at Arthur Andersen, after teaching English for the Japanese Ministry of Education in Iwamizawa, Japan. A certified public accountant, he holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Neige Conroy, Grants Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jennifer Goldstein, Program Assistant, is a graduate of Pomona College.

Additionally, from their press release section, here are the participants in the
Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, the 2006 Broad Superintendents Academy training program:


2006 Class Participants

Bart G. Anderson - Superintendent, Franklin County Board of Education

Cheryl L. H. Atkinson - Associate Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Yvonne W. Brandon - Associate Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools

John E. Deasy - Superintendent, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Lawrence W. Fryer, Jr. - Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and Senior Program Manager, CACI
International Inc.

Barbara Jenkins - Chief Human Resources Officer, Orange County Public Schools

Marcia V. Lyles - Regional Superintendent, New York City Department of Education

Angela M. Manos- Sittnick - Colonel, Military Police Corps and Garrison Commander, Forts McPherson/Gillem

Vincent C. Matthews - Educator in Residence, NewSchools Venture Fund

James P. McIntyre, Jr. - Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Budget Director, Boston Public Schools

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana - Program Manager, Stupski Educational Foundation

Pablo Muñoz - Acting Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth Board of Education

Steven R. Polk - Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) and Former Air Force Inspector General

John Q. Porter - Deputy Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools

Jonathan P. Raymond - President and CEO, Commonwealth Corporation

Joel Rose - General Manager, Edison Schools, Inc.

Beverly P. Ryder - Vice-President, Edison International

Constantine (Dean) S. Vakas - Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Director of Transportation and Support Services Operations, Denver Public Schools

— The Broad Academy and The Broad Foundation





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