Elliot M. Regenstein
Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy


  • Data and statistics
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Education law
  • Federal policy
  • Leadership and governance
  • State policy

Elliot M. Regenstein leads the Ounce of Prevention Fund’s national policy consultation practice and coordinates its overall state and national policy efforts. He has extensive experience in working directly with states on policy development and is a frequent speaker and author on topics including governance, data systems, and linkages between early learning and K–12. He also partners with the First Five Years Fund to support policy change at the federal level. Regenstein was one of the chief architects of Illinois’ 2006 Preschool for All program while serving in the governor’s office as director of education reform. Regenstein co-chaired the Illinois Early Learning Council from 2004 until April 2009 and served for 12 years as member of the council’s executive committee. He currently co-chairs its data, research and evaluation subcommittee. Regenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Michigan. After law school, he served as a clerk to the Hon. Kenneth F. Ripple on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.