KnowledgeWorks Welcomes New Board Member

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds brings diverse experience at state and national level

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Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds was appointed to the KnowledgeWorks board of directors, the organization announced today.

“As KnowledgeWorks expands its work in the national education and policy arenas, Lizzette’s extraordinary experience in the development, implementation and delivery of education programs and initiatives is the perfect addition. We are delighted that she is joining KnowledgeWork’s board of directors,” KnowledgeWorks Board Chair John Dean said.

Reynolds serves as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Programs at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency and engages and collaborates with education stakeholders in the development, implementation and delivery of education programs and initiatives throughout Texas.

“Lizzette’s experience will be an invaluable addition to our board,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “With experience on both national and state stages, she will be able to provide insights that will add tremendous value to the organization.”

Prior to her work at TEA, Reynolds worked with the U.S. Department of Education as the representative for Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. She was also the congressional liaison to the primary education workforce committees in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.

“I’m honored to join and work with this exceptional team,” Reynolds said. “KnowledgeWorks has been a nationwide leader in education innovation. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and contributing to the future direction and growth of this organization, especially during such an important time for education in our country.”

In addition to Lizzette, the KW board of directors consists of: Chair John Dean, attorney and founder of Washington Partners, LLC.;  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; Secretary Richard Riley, Former United States Secretary of Education; 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.

This week’s meeting will be the last for Vice Chair Jacquelyn Belcher and Chad Wick. As previously announced, Barry Schuler will also be leaving the board to pursue growth opportunities with New Tech Network.

“We are extremely grateful to Chad, Jacquee and Barry for the many years they have dedicated in service to KnowledgeWorks. They have helped us advance our work in powerful ways,” Dean said. “We will certainly miss the contributions of the outgoing board members, even as we look forward to the new energy and fresh perspectives the new board members will bring.”

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.  www.knowledgeworks.org