Alice Cain
Executive Vice President of Policy and Partnerships


  • Common Core assessments
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Teachers unions

Alice Johnson Cain charts the policy and advocacy agenda for Teach Plus, establishing annual goals for the organization and working closely with Teach Plus staff and teachers to ensure that their advocacy yields tangible victories for students. Cain joined the organization in 2011 after six years as chief advisor for K-12 policy to U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). She helped develop and secure passage of Race to the Top, the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), and the RENEWAAL Act to assist Gulf Coast schools after Hurricane Katrina. She led efforts to enact the Teacher Excellence for All Children Act and the 2006 effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Cain served on the education committee that advised then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, spent five years working for Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) on the HELP Committee, and served in the Clinton administration for five years. She has published numerous reports and articles on education policy and presented before numerous groups, including EWA. Cain earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College.