Areas of Expertise
Education policy • Early childhood education • Economics of education
Elaine Weiss was the National Coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) from 2011 through 2017. In this role, she worked with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. Major publications for BBA included Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. In 2014, she worked with educators from across the country on a series of commentaries for Bill Moyers on the many links between poverty and educational achievement. She has also authored dozens of blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, TalkPoverty, the Nation, and other publications, and been interviewed for numerous radio shows, including Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” and NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show.”
Prior to her work with BBA, Weiss was at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she served as project manager for Pew’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. In that capacity, she collaborated with some of the nation’s most respected researchers to document the economic benefits of early childhood investments. The campaign worked with state partners to engage business leaders in promoting effective early childhood programs. She was a member of the Center for Disease Control’s task force on child abuse, and served as volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Weiss has a Ph.D. in public policy from the George Washington University Trachtenberg School, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, and a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and two daughters, both students in Montgomery County public schools.
Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park
B.S., Biology, University of Maryland at College Park