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Data Quality Campaign Welcomes Mary Gwen Wheeler to Board of Directors

Data Quality Campaign Welcomes Mary Gwen Wheeler to Board of Directors


WASHINGTON (November 3, 2016) – The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) today announced the appointment of Mary Gwen Wheeler to its Board of Directors. Wheeler is the executive director of 55,000 Degrees, a multi-sector partnership focused on improving education attainment, and a member of the Kentucky Board of Education.

Wheeler has deep experience in community engagement, postsecondary success, and policymaking. She previously served in Louisville Metro Government as the Mayor’s Senior Advisor for Education and Youth, leading policy development and implementation of education and youth initiatives, and as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She also worked at the National Center for Family Literacy for more than 10 years.

“I am honored that Mary Gwen has joined DQC’s board,” said Rob McKenna, chair of DQC’s Board of Directors. “Her public service leadership experience will help DQC advance its goal of making sure teachers, families, policymakers and everyone with a stake in education have the information that they need to ensure students excel.”

“Having the right information at the right time is critical to improving schools and helping students learn and grow,” Wheeler said. “The Data Quality Campaign advocates for data policies and practices that can make a real difference in children’s lives, and I am enthusiastic to help support that mission.”

Three members of the Board of Directors are continuing their service for another term: John Bailey, a policy consultant and former vice president of policy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education; Laura Hansen, director for information management and decision support at Metro Nashville Public Schools; and Bruce Hoyt, senior vice president of investments at Gary Community Investments.


Contact: Brittany Mason, 202-393-7192,

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 students excel. For more information, go to and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@EdDataCampaign).