As Executive Director, Chad is responsible for shepherding the Rennie Center’s mission to improve public education through deep knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice. In this capacity, he has co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on reform strategies ranging from early childhood education to early college designs, as well as launched multiple initiatives to support local communities in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice. In 2012, Chad helped found the Massachusetts Education Partnership, a unique coalition of labor and management leaders committed to working collaboratively to advance sustainable school improvements. In 2014, he helped found the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness in partnership with Boston University, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and MassINC and supported by a $1 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. Chad began his career as a teacher, serving high needs students in both urban and rural settings. He is the former Assistant Director of a nationally-renowned research center at Teachers College, Columbia University and, from 2007-2011, was the Research & Policy Director at Strategies for Children, as well as project manager for Massachusetts’ successful application for a $50 million Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge award. He has a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Analysis and an MA in the Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.