Bill Porter


  • Academic Standards
  • Assessment
  • Common Core
  • Common Core Assessments
  • Educational Standards
  • ESEA
  • Federal Policy
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Standardized Tests

Bill has served as an education adviser to CEOs, governors, grantmakers and community leaders, helping them clarify strategic choices and identify the policies and programs with the greatest promise for improving teaching and learning and closing achievement gaps. One of four partners at Education First, he has led projects with teachers, nonprofit leaders and state policymakers at the AFT Innovation Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Council of Chief State School Officers, Understanding Language/SCALE at Stanford University and U.S. Department of Education. Between 2001 and 2008, Bill was executive director of Grantmakers for Education–a national network of 250 foundations, companies and donors representing $1.5 billion in annual grantmaking–where he worked to improve the effectiveness of the field of education philanthropy. He built new vitality and capacity in Grantmakers for Education during his tenure, identified and shared successful funder strategies and helped foundation trustees, CEOs and program officers improve their knowledge of education issues, trends and effective grantmaking strategies.