Kati Haycock is the President of The Education Trust. Established in 1996, the Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. The organization’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign too many low-income students and students of color to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. Before coming to The Education Trust, Haycock served as Executive Vice President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation's largest child advocacy organization. A native Californian, Haycock founded and served as President of The Achievement Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools in improving student achievement. She also served as Director of Outreach and Student Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California system. Kati Haycock has received numerous awards for her service in behalf of our nation’s youth, and serves as a director on several education-related boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The New Teacher Project, and the Hunt Institute.
Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at AAC&U. She collaborates with all AAC&U program offices and takes a leading role in advancing AAC&U projects and meetings on student success and making excellence inclusive. She is a co-PI on a newly funded LEAP Project “Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning.” McNair also directs AAC&U’s “Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project” and is a co-author of Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. McNair chairs AAC&U’s Equity Working Group, part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represents a large-scale, systematic effort to provide design principles for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is a co-PI on a collaborative project with Excelencia in Education to advance Latino student success through the implementation and scaling of high-impact practices to improve student learning. Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC.
Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009. His newest book, Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education with Mitchell Stevens, was published in January 2015.