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Ross Wiener

Executive Director, Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, and Member of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Ross Wiener is a vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Education and Society Program. In this role Ross leads professional learning networks for urban school district leaders and senior Congressional Education staffers. In addition to facilitating networks, the Education & Society Program hosts public conversations as well as off-the-record workshops, and publishes original research and commentary to improve policy and practice in public education with an emphasis on improving outcomes for low-income students and students of color. From 2002 to 2009, Ross worked at the Education Trust, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to closing gaps in opportunity and achievement gaps. As policy director and then as vice president for program and policy, Ross managed the Education Trust’s research/data analysis, policy development, and technical assistance to educators and policymakers in both K-12 and higher education. Prior to Education Trust, Ross served for five years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section and also clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Ross is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a law degree with high honors from the George Washington University Law School.

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