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Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America
Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun, Mary Louise Lennon, and Anita Sands

Opportunity in America, Advisory Panel

The Opportunity in America project was overseen by an advisory panel whose members contributed expertise in a wide variety of areas including education, economics, labor, and demography. Members of the panel are as follows:

Project Director

Irwin Kirsch is Tyler Chair in Large Scale Assessment and Director of the Center for Global Assessment at Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Project Co-Director

Henry Braun is Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy in the Lynch School of Education and Director of the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Education Policy at Boston College.

Panel Members

Bo Cutter is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Next American Economy Project at the Roosevelt Institute.

Ron Ferguson has taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for over 30 years. He is creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement, faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, and was formerly the faculty co-director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale in Toronto, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, and a journalist.

Mark Gerzon is President of Mediators Foundation, which works to increase citizen engagement and civility in politics. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.

Peter Gould is Executive Vice President of District 1199C, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE), AFSCME, AFL-CIO and Vice President of NUHHE.

Wade Henderson is President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. He is also a member of the ETS Board of Trustees.

Frederick M. Hess is Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Kurt M. Landgraf is former President and Chief Executive Officer of Educational Testing Service.

Reynaldo F. Macías is professor of Chicana/o Studies, Education and Applied Linguistics, and a former department chair of Chicana/o studies and acting Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA.

Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Isabel V. Sawhill is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution.

David G. Sciarra is Executive Director of the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding is the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at Wisconsin-Madison.

Marshall S. Smith is a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a former Dean and Professor at Stanford, and a former Under Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in the Clinton administration. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education.