Michael Spaeth

Senior Associate, Communications

Information matters. People can only make the best decisions if they have the right information – otherwise, they’re left to make decisions in the dark. If all students are going to succeed, then policymakers, those closest to students, and students themselves need high-quality data.

Michael is a senior associate for communications at DQC. He plays an integral role in shaping DQC’s communications strategy – including leading much of DQC’s digital strategy and content – and assists with all aspects of DQC’s external communications.

Before working at DQC, Michael was a communications associate at the National Association of State Boards of Education. He also served as a development and communications associate at a direct service nonprofit focused on affordable housing. After graduating college, he completed a year of service in Chicago, where he worked for a social service agency. In his volunteer work, he teaches and assists with creative writing workshops for elementary and middle school students in the DC area.

Michael received his bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, he enjoys creative writing and playing jazz saxophone.

Why do you do this work? I believe that every child deserves a great education, no matter where they come from – and when it’s used effectively, data is one of the most powerful tools to ensure that every student can succeed. I also teach students in my volunteer work, so I feel an emotional connection to the work of teaching students, and I am grateful to be part of DQC’s work of helping education stakeholders across the country make data work for students.

What is your favorite DQC resource? Data Can Help Every Student Excel. It’s a very good illustration of DQC’s vision and how data helps some of the most important adults in students’ lives, as well as the students themselves.

Who is the most inspirational person you’ve heard speak? David McCullough. There are so many lessons for our current era that we can learn from studying history, especially when it’s told in a captivating and accessible way.