Lydia is the Managing Director of Chiefs for Change at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Before joining Chiefs for Change, Lydia served as the Senior Director of Policy at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation where she focused on national policy, Governor Snyder’s education initiatives in Michigan, and investments improving management, human capital, quality, and transparency across District and charter public schools in Washington, DC. Prior to The Broad Foundation, she held the position of Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she worked with the business community on national and state policies and programs to improve early childhood, pre-k through post-secondary public education and workforce training. Lydia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chiefs for Change is a bipartisan coalition of current and former state education chiefs who believe that American public education can be dramatically improved and share an urgency to achieve that goal. Together, they provide a strong voice for bold reform on the federal, state and local level.
Chiefs for Change offers a network of state education leaders with experience in successful reform who continue to advance proven policies for the betterment of education. The coalition formed by five state education chiefs in November 2010, today represents a number of ethnically- and geographically-diverse states. The Chiefs question the status quo every day and work tirelessly to bring about change to benefit all students. By talking regularly and challenging each other’s work, Chiefs for Change members provide each other much needed reflection on the policies and actions that matter most.
By placing the interest of children above the well-being of its members, Chiefs for Change has taken on the entrenched practices that have long held back our education system – practices that have favored adults, instead of students.