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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
Think Systems, Project Consultant
Senior Director of Development
Media Specialist
Brand Intersection, Strategic Consultant
Kevin Kennedy
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

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.

Family & Community Organizer

The Black Alliance for Education Options (BAEO) has an open position for a Family and Community Organizer. This position is based in Jackson, Mississippi. 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.

Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality

The Department of Education Reform in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, invites applications for the position of Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality.