Lisa Jackson brings education, philanthropy and policy experience to board

KnowledgeWorks welcomes new board member


Long-time education advocate, Lisa Jackson was appointed to the KnowledgeWorks board of directors, the organization announced today.

Jackson currently serves as co-founder and managing director of the College for Social Innovation, which is a nonprofit that works to build a bigger, better and more diverse talent pipeline for social change by providing opportunities for college students to earn credit for fellowships in the social sector.

“With experience shaping education pathways for all students, Lisa brings a wealth of experience in education, policy influence and philanthropy,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “Her experience and perspective will be instrumental in guiding the strategic focus on KnowledgeWorks.”

With an impressive and diverse background, Jackson also brings knowledge in venture philanthropy, nonprofit managing and consulting, data-driven philanthropy, program evaluation, policy research and teaching experience.

“I am honored to share my experience and work with my fellow board members toward KnowledgeWorks’ greater success in policy, advocacy, schools and communities,” Jackson said. “KnowledgeWorks has been a national leader in advocating for supportive education policy, building community support for schools and districts, and supporting innovative learning to help personalize education for all students. I hope to continue that work and expand the efforts even further throughout the country.”

The KnowledgeWorks board of directors is the most recent for Jackson, who also serves on Year Up, College Advising Corp. and The Reset Foundation. She is also a School Committee member for the Public Schools of Brookline, Mass., where she and her family live.

In addition to Jackson, the KnowledgeWorks 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; Deb Deslisle, executive director and chief executive officer at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); 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, co-founder of LearnLaunch; Joseph Tomain, University of Cincinnati College of law dean and professor; and Timothy Tuff, former chairman, president and CEO of John H. Harland Company.

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.