As the principal in charge of strategy and policy, Jim brings more than four decades of experience in education leadership to the EDGE team. Over the course of his career in government and in the private sector, he has engaged in a wide range of initiatives in public policy, advocacy, research and development, curriculum and instruction, and marketing. Download bio here

  • EDGE Consulting, LLC, Co-founder & Principal, 2013- present
    • Funders Learning Group of Using Evidence for Change, National Coordinator, 2015- present
    • William T Grant Foundation, Senior Policy Advisor, 2014- 2017
    • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Senior Fellow, 2016-present
    • National Network of Education Research Practice Partnerships, Senior Advisor 2015-present
    • Penn Hill Group, Strategic Partner, ¬†2013-present
    • Fourpoint Education Partners, Senior Consultant, 2013- present
  • National Association of State Boards of Education, Executive Director, 2012-2013
    Represented and supported state education policymaking
  • Knowledge Alliance, President and CEO, 2001-2012
    Led national advocacy efforts for expanded policy and increased funding for research and development in education
  • The Implementation Group at Van Scoyoc Associates, Vice President, 1999-2001
    Built a new government relations practice for elementary and secondary education
  • US Department of Education, Deputy Assistant Secretary & Senior Adviser, 1993-1999
    Helped administer federal programs and new technical assistance initiatives in K-12 education
  • Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team, 1992
    Served on the personnel team for departments of Labor and Education
  • Close Up Foundation, Vice President & Director, 1976-1993
    Guided the expansion of civic education programs in US and around the world
  • U.S. Peace Corps, Training Specialist, 1972-1974
    Developed and implemented comprehensive training programs for teachers in Malaysia
  • U.S. Teacher Corps, Classroom Teacher, 1971-1972
    Implemented interdisciplinary classroom programs for migrant and at-risk students in Salinas, CA
  • Stanford University, BA in History, 1971
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Teacher Credentials, 1972


Shaping Jim’s early career
The faculty at Sekolah Kebangsaan Lemal, Pasir Mas, Malaysia 1973