Elaine Weiss
National Coordinator


  • Business of education
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Education law
  • Poverty

Elaine Weiss is the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, where she works with four co-chairs and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to help all children thrive. Major publications for BBA include “Early Education Gaps by Social Class and Race Start U.S. Children Out on Unequal Footing” and “Segregation and Peers’ Characteristics in the 2010–2011 Kindergarten Class: 60 years after Brown v. Board.” In 2014 Weiss collaborated with diverse educators on a blog series for Bill Moyers illustrating poverty’s impact on schools. She has also written for Governing, Education Week, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Answer Sheet, and been interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show and other radio shows. Previously, Weiss managed research for the Pew Charitable Trust’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. She served on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention task force on child abuse and was volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She has a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.