Martin Orland serves as WestEd’s director of evaluation and policy research. Orland directs a nationwide staff of methodologists, research scientists, content experts, and evaluators whose goal is to help address critical needs in the fields of education and human development. Immediately prior to joining WestEd, Orland served as senior program director of the Division of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Education and director of the Center for Education at the National Research Council. At the U.S.
Department of Education, Orland held leadership positions at the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Education Goals Panel. Orland has written for both academic journals and government, and has regularly presented at international, national, and regional conferences in the fields of education and human development. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for Education Finance and Policy and has had two stints on the Board of Directors of the American Education Finance Association. He received a B.A. and M.A., both in political science, from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in social science from Syracuse University.