Our People

Our three core values are to drive for excellence and equity, believe in people, and be of service.

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We believe all students regardless of background deserve access to high-quality educational opportunities.

We have a deep respect for public educators who work tirelessly for students, investing their hearts and minds into a calling to help every student succeed. We will always treat our leaders with the respect they deserve, which starts with listening closely to their needs and continually tailoring our approach to best serve them.

We will always set the bar high for the quality of learning we deliver. And most importantly, we will never stop learning ourselves.

Board of directors

A diverse board means fresh perspectives. The center is guided by a group of people who have held high office and earned deep respect within their fields, including government, business, the non-profit sector and higher education. They are committed to our mission and help steer us in the right direction.

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Staff

We put real sweat into what we do, and there is a never-ending hunger to improve. We continuously look for new research, ideas and approaches that will make our work more effective and impactful.

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Network of scholars

Our work is informed by the research and expertise of scholars and practitioners in many relevant fields, such as business, education, and public policy. Scholars serve in an advisory capacity and contribute to the development of a research agenda around our theory of action.

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Photo of Stephen Wurtz, Chief Academic Officer of Arlington Independent School District, and Elna Davis, Area Superintendent of Grand Prairie Independent School District, smiling during a Holdsworth leadership program session.

Join our team

We believe that good work starts with good people. We’re always looking for passionate, talented individuals to join our team.

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