Barbara McKenna is director of strategic communications 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. Before joining EWA’s board of directors, she served on EWA’s Community Member Advisory Board. On her own time, she does photography, bikes, obsesses about basketball, and volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, D.C.