- Child development
Hedy N. Chang is the founder and director of Attendance Works, a national and state-level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, “Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades,” as well as numerous other articles about student attendance. As a result of her work on attendance, Chang was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2013 for her commitment to furthering African American education. Chang has spent more than two decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from Occidental College.