Julie Woestehoff
Interim Executive Director


  • Accountability
  • Education reform
  • Grade retention
  • Parent involvement
  • Poverty
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • School choice
  • Standardized tests
  • Student-centered education
  • Urban education

Julie Woestehoff is the interim executive director of Parents Across America, a national network of public school parents. She headed the Chicago-based group Parents United for Responsible Education between 1995 and 2014. Woestehoff’s work on key education issues such as high-stakes testing and school governance earned her a Ford Foundation leadership award and recognition as one of the 100 most powerful women in Chicago. Her chapter, “’Just Parents’ Challenge Arne Duncan, Mayor Daley and Renaissance 2010,” appears in the 2012 book, “Educational Courage.” Woestehoff is a veteran local school council member and the parent of two Chicago Public Schools graduates. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s from the University of Chicago. She recently moved with her husband to Evanston, Wyo., where she continues her work supporting public school parents across the U.S.