KnowledgeWorks welcomes new board member

Deb Delisle brings experience from years in the classroom, district, state and federal levels of education


Deb Delisle was appointed to the KnowledgeWorks board of directors, the organization announced today.

“As KnowledgeWorks continues working in the national education policy arena, Deb brings tremendous experience throughout the K-12 space, from the classroom to the U.S. Department of Education,” KnowledgeWorks CEO Judy Peppler said. “Her expansive knowledge and experience throughout the education system will greatly benefit our organization as we seek to help all students through our work with schools, communities and policymakers.”

Delisle currently works as executive director and chief executive officer at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading. She previously served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (USED).

“I’m looking forward to working with KnowledgeWorks to continue impacting students throughout the country,” Delisle said. “KnowledgeWorks has been a leader in advocating for supportive education policy, building community capacity to support schools and districts, and developing innovative learning models to help students succeed. I hope to share my experience and contribute to the future of this organization to expand those efforts throughout the country.”

Prior to her work with ASCD and USED, Delisle had a 38-year career serving as teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, district superintendent and state superintendent.

In addition to Delisle, the KW board of directors consists of: Chair John Dean, attorney and founder of Washington Partners, LLC; Steve Dackin, superintendent of schools and community partnerships at Columbus State Community College; Tom Fry, managing director of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; the Honorable Nathaniel Jones, retired judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th District; Dr. Lucie Lapovsky, former president of Mercy College; Steven Minter, Cleveland State University executive-in-residence; Judy Peppler, KnowledgeWorks president and CEO; Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Programs at the Texas Education Agency; Eileen Rudden, Board Chair of SoundBite Communications; Joseph Tomain, University of Cincinnati College of law dean and professor; and Timothy Tuff, former chairman, president and CEO of John H. Harland Company.

“KnowledgeWorks is fortunate to have Deb join the board of directors,” Dean said. “I look forward to working with her as we continue to work to ensure every student experiences meaningful personalized learning.”

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.