Brent Parton
Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills

Higher Ed.

  • State Policy

Brent Parton is the deputy director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America. The Center is dedicated to building learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begin inside or outside of formal higher education. His work focuses on federal and state policies to scale those pathways, and ensure their quality and relevance within an evolving economy. Prior to New America, Parton served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. There he advised leadership on a range of skills issues including the expansion of apprenticeship and the design of investments in regional industry-workforce partnerships. Before that Parton worked at the National Governors Association where he led the development of a new portfolio focused on supporting state strategies to expand high-quality work based learning. Parton also worked in the education sector of the World Bank, where he authored a book on entrepreneurship education and training. Parton has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in international education policy, both from Vanderbilt University, where he is also an adjunct professor.