Dr. Lindsay Whorton


Portait photo of Dr. Lindsay Whorton, President

Dr. Lindsay Whorton is proud to be a founding member of The Holdsworth Center. As its leader, she is dedicated to living the center’s values to be of service, believe in people and drive for excellence and equity.

Lindsay’s story with Holdsworth began in 2015, when she was tapped to work with the Organizing Board to develop the blueprint for the center’s inaugural programs while working with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Washington D.C. Lindsay officially joined The Holdsworth Center team shortly after its launch in January 2017.

As managing director of district support, in partnership with her team, Lindsay launched and evolved Holdsworth’s model for supporting partner districts in their efforts to develop aspiring leaders, place them in leadership roles and support them as they progress along their leadership journey. In April 2018, she was named vice president and dean and in March 2019, president.

While at BCG, Lindsay supported the implementation of a new brand strategy for a major retailer, specifically focusing on organizational culture and employee engagement. Prior to BCG, she served as legislative director for former Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. She also led the Denver cohort of the Urban Leaders Fellowship, which recruits up-and-coming leaders from across the country and builds their skills in policy and leadership.

Lindsay’s dive into education research began in 2009, when she was named a Rhodes Scholar and went on to earn a master’s degree in comparative social policy and a doctorate in social policy from Oxford University.

During her time at Oxford, Lindsay spent a year at the University of Helsinki, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She visited schools and classrooms to understand Finland’s world-renowned teacher education system. In 2016, Routledge published her book “Teachers Unions and Education Reform in Comparative Contexts,” which examined the impact of teachers’ unions on performance-related pay reform in Finland, Switzerland, Texas and Florida.

A native of Independence, Missouri, Lindsay earned bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from Drake University in Iowa, where she served as a captain of the women’s basketball team. Lindsay helped lead the underdog team to a Cinderella finish in 2007 by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and was named the tournament’s outstanding player and a First-Team Academic All-American.