Betsy Brand
Executive Director


  • Career and technical education
  • Expanded learning time, after-school & summer learning
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Personalized learning
  • Poverty
  • Remediation and intervention

Betsy Brand is executive director of the American Youth Policy Forum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners and researchers working on education, youth and workforce issues at the national, state and local levels. She has served in the position since 2004, first serving as co-director. Brand started her education policy career working for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor from 1977 to 1983 and then moved to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, where she worked from 1983 to 1989. From 1989 to 1993, Brand served as assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as a consultant on policy and best practices affecting education and workforce preparation. Brand is a nationally-known expert on secondary school reform, career and technical education, youth reengagement and after school policy.