Marla Ucelli-Kashyap
Assistant to the President for Educational Issues


  • District reform
  • International comparisons
  • Urban education

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap is assistant to the president for educational issues at the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, where she leads a team of professionals working on key areas of policy, practice and professional development aimed at helping teachers and their unions improve education quality and their profession. Key projects have included: the launch of Share My Lesson – a free on-line resource bank for teachers; Raising the Bar, a report on aligning and enhancing teacher preparation; expansion of AFT’s professional learning and policy efforts; and union support to expand community schools and career and technical education programs. Previously, Ucelli-Kashyap was director of district redesign and leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. She has also been an independent consultant in education policy, a political press secretary, and a reporter. She is a graduate of New York University and holds a master’s degree from Rutgers University. From 2009 to 2013, Ucelli-Kashyap chaired the board of Editorial Projects in Education Inc., the publisher of Education Week. She was also a founding co-chair of Grantmakers for Education.