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Kara Kerwin – President

From grassroots action to legislative affairs to PR to design to development to gala production, Kara has done it all in her almost 14 years at CER. She keeps our sights on our mission, and CER would never be the same without her.


Executive Vice President

Alison Consoletti Zgainer – Executive Vice President

Under that calm exterior is a tenacious and determined policy expert, administrator, and leader, who for over seven years has kept the data, the research, and the facts flowing to our partners and conquests nationwide.


Senior Fellow and President Emeritus

Jeanne Allen – Senior Fellow and president emeritus

Bios are always hard to do, but if you’ve gotten to this page you probably want to know something about who I am, what I do, and why I started the Center. Here are a few highlights that hopefully give you a sense of why I think what we do is the most important thing on earth, and how I arrived here.

Meet the Team

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Writer & A/V Tech
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K-12 Consultant
Administrative Assistant
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Communications Associate
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Director of Administration
Media Specialist
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Finance Consultant
Outreach Coordinator
Designer Consultant
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Tech Consultant
Communications Consultant
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Digital Media Coordinator
Director of Communications

Careers & Internships

Recruitment Coordinator

The Harlem Village Academies is looking for a Recruitment Coordinator in Harlem, New York City. The position would report to the Director of Recruitment. Below are details about the organization and position.

Intern at CER!

CER is looking for interns who want to gain knowledge about education policy and translate these ideas into action to create better opportunities in education. As an intern, you will have the chance to be an intricate part of CER’s day-to-day work in all aspects of education policy, including research, advocacy, legislative affairs, and public relations.

Newark Family & Community Organizer

The Black Alliance for Education Options (BAEO) has an open position for a Newark Family and Community Organizer.

Reporting to the State/City Director, the Family & Community Organizer has primary responsibility for cultivating relationships with parents, caregivers, and other community stakeholders in order to build a powerful grassroots constituency of advocates that champion education reform and parental choice in the community. The Family & Community Organizer functions as an active thought partner with the Director in using their intimate knowledge about community dynamics and the formal and informal power structures in the city to create a community asset map, as well as a plan for prioritizing engagement and organizing activities for the city.

All resumes and cover letters, with salary requirements should be sent to hrcoopjobs@nonprofithr.com. Only competitive candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the selection process. No phone calls please.

More about BAEO:

BAEO is an advocacy organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. BAEO champions parental choice policies and programs that serve low-income and working-class Black families, but is equally focused on promoting quality to ensure that Black students have access to high-performing schools. BAEO envisions a future where low-income and working-class Black families are empowered to choose a high-quality primary and secondary education for their children that enable them to pursue the college or career path of their choice, become economically independent adults, and engage in the practice of freedom.