Senior Fellow, President Emeritus and Board Member
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Jeanne Allen has earned recognition and credibility as a forceful leader and businesswoman and is a compelling writer and public speaker. She founded The Center for Education Reform in 1993 and served as its president through 2013. Previously, Allen served in prominent roles at the U.S. Department of Education, The Heritage Foundation and on Capitol Hill. Allen is now senior fellow, president emeritus, and a member of CER’s Board of Directors. She was recently named vice president of K-12 Programs of HotChalk Inc., an education technology company. Allen serves on the board of Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. and Challenge Charter School in Chandler, Ariz. She is on the Education Innovation Council of Arizona State University; an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania’s Education Innovation group and the Education Industry Association, which honored her with its Friend of Education Award in 2012. Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dickinson College and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.