Christopher Cross


  • Federal policy
  • History of education

Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus LLC, an education-policy consulting firm. He is a distinguished senior fellow with the Education Commission of the States and a consultant to the Aspen Institute and the Broad Foundation. He has also been a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy, a distinguished senior fellow with the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership, and president of the Maryland State Board of Education. From 1994 to 2002 he served as president and CEO of the Council for Basic Education. Previously, he was the director of the education initiative of The Business Roundtable and also assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. Cross was formerly a senior education consultant and Republican staff director of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. He is the author of “Political Education: Charting the Course for State and Federal Policy.” He has also written extensively in the education and public policy areas and has been published in numerous publications. Cross has a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College and a master’s in government from California State University, Los Angeles.