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Lillian Pace

Vice President of Policy and Strategic Advancement

Areas of Expertise:strategic partnerships, federal and state policy, coalition-building

“We don’t just tackle one school at a time – we tackle the big picture, from the school building all the way to the halls of state and federal government.”

Lillian directs the foundation’s policy and advocacy strategy, engaging with leaders at all levels of the education system to design and implement policy conditions that enable student-centered learning. She also shapes the organization’s partnerships strategy, facilitating strategic collaborations that help KnowledgeWorks and its network of national and state changemakers accelerate systems transformation. During her time at KnowledgeWorks, Lillian has served as a national thought leader on education innovation with an emphasis on the development of student-centered assessment and accountability systems.

Lillian came to KnowledgeWorks after directing the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill advising policymakers on K-12 and higher education policy.

Lillian received her Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two daughters where she loves to engage in local government, fostering dogs, antiquing, and Pilates.