Board of Directors
Greg Toppo is the author of two books on education, “The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter” (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), and “The Trust Machine,”co-authored with educator James Tracy, looking at how AI, automation and machine learning are changing the American high school (forthcoming in 2020 from MIT Press). A former senior editor at Inside Higher Ed, he was previously the national education reporter at USA Today from 2002 to 2018, and at The Associated Press from 2000 to 2002. A graduate of St.
Steve Drummond heads up two teams of journalists at NPR. NPR Ed is a nine-member team that launched in March 2014, providing deeper coverage of learning and education and extending it to audiences across digital platforms. Code Switch is an eight-person team that covers race and identity across the network, and in an award-winning weekly podcast.
Scott Widmeyer has a 30-year record in providing strategic counsel to scores of decision-makers, from presidents to governors to chief executive officers to union leaders. From working as a newspaper reporter to running major media operations for national campaigns, Widmeyer knows how to get results for his clients. His track record of successes in education, health care, politics, campaign finance, technology, trade and other public policy matters illustrate his impact as a “change agent” in things that matter most to America.
In January of 2019, Nudelman became the new Executive Director of the American Democracy Project at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The project involves 260 public four-year member institutions, representing more than a million undergraduate students, and supports member campuses in programming that creates informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. In 2003, while working at The New York Times, Nudelman partnered with George Mehaffy and a group of AASCU provosts in creating the American Democracy Project. She remained a thought partner and collaborator from the project’s inception as the program grew and developed.
Debbie Veney is director of communications for NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy based in Oakland, Calif. She leads communications and public policy and is responsible for managing the organization’s public profile. Debbie brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, advocacy and media relations, as well as a deep passion for equity in education and belief in the transformative power of high-quality education.
Eva-Marie Ayala covers education for The Dallas Morning News, where she has worked since 2012. Previously, she was an education reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2017, she won a First Amendment award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her story on the decline of bilingual education teachers in Texas. As a member of the Dallas area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she served as a vice president and scholarship chair, working to boost diversity in newsrooms and coverage.
Sarah Carr oversees the Teacher Project, an education reporting fellowship at Columbia Journalism School that has partnered with more than 30 local and national media outlets. The Project has produced in-depth reporting on race and education, alternative schools, the challenges facing immigrant students, and other topics. At the Teacher Project, Carr created “What My Students Taught Me,” an education podcast distributed in collaboration with the Atlantic, WBEZ, the Texas Standard, and other public radio partners.
Erica L. Green is a correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times covering education and federal policy, with a focus on the U.S. Department of Education and civil rights in the nation’s schools. Green joined The Times in March 2017 from The Baltimore Sun, where she covered the Baltimore City Public School System for seven years. In that role, she covered the district’s families, educators, and reform efforts, and produced a wide range of investigations.
David Hoff is senior vice president at Hager Sharp, a communications firm based in Washington, D.C. He has been deeply involved in the education world for more than 20 years. As a journalist, he covered major events in Congress and everyday classroom lessons that illuminated larger policy issues. He left journalism to join the senior communications team for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, where he wrote speeches, launched the Department of Education’s social media presence, and developed major announcements.
Barbara McKenna is director of media relations for the Learning Policy Institute. Previously she directed communications for REL West at WestEd, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and the National Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She began her career reporting and editing at a range of daily and weekly newspapers, starting with The Washington Post, finishing with the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and at many now-defunct weeklies in between. She is a graduate of Oberlin College.
Denise-Marie Ordway is the managing editor of Journalist’s Resource, a project housed at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy that’s aimed at helping reporters improve their coverage of policy issues by relying more often on scientific evidence and high-quality, peer-reviewed research. Previously, Ordway worked as a reporter for newspapers and radio stations in the U.S. and Central America, including the Orlando Sentinel and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Joy Resmovits is the Education Lab editor at The Seattle Times, managing a team of journalists covering K-12 through higher education. She came to Seattle in 2018 from The Los Angeles Times, where she covered all aspects of schooling. Before that, she spent four years covering national education issues for The Huffington Post as a senior reporter. In the 2014-2015 academic year, she was a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University, and focused on researching education for students with disabilities.
Beth Shuster is the director of public communications for the Office of the Provost at the University of Southern California, where she has worked since 2016. She has been deeply involved in education for much of her career and has been a long-time member of EWA. Before joining the Board of Directors, she served on both the EWA Journalist Advisory Board and the Community Member Advisory Board. Prior to USC, Shuster was the education editor at the Los Angeles Times for nearly a decade, where she led a team of award-winning K-12 and higher education reporters.