Paul Hill


  • Accountability
  • Charters and choice
  • Charter schools
  • Education reform
  • ESEA
  • Federal funding
  • Leadership and governance
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • P-12
  • Politics
  • Rural education
  • School choice
  • Standards and testing
  • State policy
  • Teachers unions
  • Transportation
  • Urban education

Paul T. Hill is founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and research professor at the University of Washington Bothell. Hill’s development of the portfolio school district management strategy has shaped education reform initiatives in New York, New Orleans and other cities. He launched the Portfolio School Districts Project in 2008 and built a national network of district officials, mayors, foundations, nonprofits, and others pursuing the portfolio strategy. Hill has advised many of the nation’s leading superintendents, state chiefs, and governors; he works closely with city and state leaders facing the need to transform their urban public school systems, and is a frequent source of expertise for legislators and the media. He is author and editor of several published works. Before joining the University of Washington faculty, Hill worked for 17 years as a senior social scientist in RAND’s Washington office, where he was director of Washington operations and, later, director of the education and human resources program. Hill holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s from Seattle University, all in political science.