The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Review Board

A review board of prominent education experts from across the country—many of whom also serve on the review board that analyzes the school districts that are eligible for The Broad Prize for Urban Education—reviews student achievement data received from the eligible charter management organizations and their states and collected by RTI International. The review board selects the winning charter management organization.

Christopher Cross founded Cross & Joftus, LLC in 2004 to provide education leaders with personalized and expert assistance in policy analysis and development, evaluation, executive coaching, planning and communication strategies. Cross is a former senior fellow with the Center on Education Policy and with the Education Commission of the States. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Council for Basic Education and as an assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush.

Reginald H. "Reggie" Gilyard is a partner and managing director in the Los Angeles office of The Boston Consulting Group and a lead partner in the BCG Public Education Practice. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in computer systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Jane Hannaway
is vice president of the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. and director of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), which focuses on analyses of state longitudinal student- and teacher-level administrative databases, particularly analyses associated with teacher labor markets. Hannaway previously served as founding director of the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute and on the faculty of Columbia, Princeton and Stanford universities.

Frederick Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of several books on schooling and education reform. Hess is also executive editor of the journal Education Next and a faculty member at institutions including the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University.

Tom Payzant is an advisor to and superintendent-in-residence of The Broad Superintendents Academy. From 1995 to 2006, he served as superintendent of Boston Public Schools, which won the 2006 Broad Prize after being a finalist for four years. He previously served as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District for 11 years, as superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools for three years and as superintendent of Eugene Public Schools in Oregon for five years. In addition, Payzant served as President Bill Clinton’s assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education from 1993 to 1995.

Margot Rogers is vice chairman and senior advisor at The Parthenon Group’s Education Center of Excellence. Prior to joining Parthenon, she was chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Rogers also has served in multiple roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including deputy director of education and the special assistant to the director of education, where she managed the development of the foundation’s college-ready education strategy and staff realignment.

Nelson Smith is a consultant on education policy and the factors that create success in public charter schools. He recently concluded nearly seven years with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, serving as its first president and CEO beginning in 2004 and as senior advisor in 2010-2011. Previously, Smith served as vice president for policy and governance at New American Schools, as the first executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, and as vice president for education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership.

Priscilla Wohlstetter is distinguished research professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, Wohlstetter held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance. She is co-chair of the Charters & School Choice Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and also co-chair of the International School Choice & Reform Conference, which will be held in January 2015.