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College Board Names Dr. Stefanie Sanford As Chief Of Policy, Advocacy, And Government Relations

Nonprofit Education Organization Announces Significant New Commitment to Excellence in Career and Technical Education led by Tom Rudin

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The College Board today announced that Dr. Stefanie Sanford has been appointed to lead the organization's policy, advocacy and government relations work. The appointment is effective March 1, 2013. At the same time as Sanford's appointment, the nonprofit education organization announced a substantial commitment to delivering high quality career technical education by appointing one of its most trusted senior leaders, Tom Rudin, to lead this major new initiative.

"Stefanie is an extraordinarily talented and dynamic policy leader," said David Coleman, president of the College Board. "She has a remarkable track record of delivering results and has the expertise and deep relationships needed to get things done that matter for kids. Her success in building diverse, bipartisan partnerships based on shared data and evidence is unparalleled. We are honored that Stefanie has chosen to join our team."

Sanford, 46, is Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she has led the development and execution of advocacy strategies to support the foundation's College Ready and Post Secondary Success programs.  In her nearly 11 years at the Gates Foundation, Sanford has played an integral role in establishing the U.S. Program as a national leader in education policy and advocacy. Her team launched the Data Quality Campaign and helped build the coalition around the Graduation Rate Compact, which made clear for the first time galvanizing, comparable data on four year high school graduation rates across the country. 

A hallmark of her leadership has been building effective, diverse coalitions of organizations and partnerships within and across states to advance transparency and education policy in both higher education and K-12.  Sanford and her team supported the development of the Honor States Grant Program with the National Governors Association, the American Diploma Project Network and the Common Core State Standards now adopted by 46 states.  All of these efforts have created a policy environment in which to execute on issues around teacher effectiveness and performance management systems to support great teaching. Much of Sanford's work has focused on creating conditions to scale best practice.  In an effort to migrate the lessons learned around transparency and data in secondary education into postsecondary reform, she and her team supported the development of Complete College America, which promotes state adoption of policies and practices to increase the number of students who complete a degree or credential.

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