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Data Quality Campaign Welcomes Andrés Alonso and Morgan Polikoff to Board of Directors

Data Quality Campaign Welcomes Andrés Alonso and Morgan Polikoff to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2019) – The Data Quality Campaign is pleased to announce that Andrés Alonso, former CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, and Morgan Polikoff, associate professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, will serve as the newest members of DQC’s Board of Directors.

“The DQC Board is proud to appoint two new members who are strong education data champions,” said John Bailey, chairman of DQC’s Board of Directors. “Through their unique experiences, Andrés and Morgan have expertly led the use of education data in practice and research to improve the outcomes of students. As the education data continues to support equity work across the country, Andrés and Morgan will actively contribute to DQC’s efforts to ensure data is used to support student success through education and into career.”

DQC welcomes these distinguished members of their fields as they serve a three-year term:

 Andrés Alonso

Andrés Alonso is formerly professor of Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he taught on driving change, school reform, and the leadership of instruction, and helped steer the Education Degree in Leadership Doctorate and the Certificate for Advanced Education Leadership programs from 2013 to 2018. Previously, Dr. Alonso served as co-chair of the Public Education Leadership Project, a collaboration between HGSE and Harvard Business School, as well as faculty of other Harvard schools. He led the Baltimore City Public Schools as chief executive officer from 2007 to 2013. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Alonso served as deputy chancellor of teaching and learning, and from 2003 to 2006, as chief of staff for teaching and learning at the New York City Department of Education. Before working in the Baltimore and New York City Public Schools systems, Dr. Alonso taught special needs and English language learners in the Newark, New Jersey, public school system. Dr. Alonso earned a BA from Columbia and a JD from Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York City from 1982 to 1984, before entering the teaching profession. Dr. Alonso received a doctorate in education from Harvard in 2006. He is a recipient of Teachers College’s Medal of Distinguished Service, and a trustee and former chair of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a trustee of the William T. Grant Foundation, and a former trustee of Teachers College of Columbia University. He is also past chair of the Reporting and Dissemination Committee of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Morgan Polikoff

Morgan Polikoff is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. His expertise focuses on the design, implementation, and effects of curriculum, standards, assessment, and accountability policies. A distinguished researcher and winner of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Polikoff is also the co-editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2010 with a focus on education policy and his bachelor’s in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006.

Alonso’s and Polikoff’s appointments come as the tenure of longtime member Laura Hansen, director of information management and decision support for Metro Nashville Public Schools, comes to an end. DQC is appreciative of the leadership and expertise Laura contributed to the organization’s advocacy efforts and looks forward to following her continued success.


About the Data Quality Campaign
The Data Quality Campaign is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure that students excel. For more information, go to and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@EdDataCampaign).

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2019

Contact: Blair Mann,, 202-393-7192