Peter Cunningham
Executive Director


  • Academic performance
  • Academic standards
  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Assessment
  • Budget cuts
  • Charter schools
  • Civil rights
  • College readiness
  • Common Core
  • Common Core assessments
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • Educational standards
  • ESEA
  • Federal funding
  • Federal policy
  • Graduation rate
  • International standards
  • Journalism tools and privacy
  • LIFO
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Media
  • NAEP
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Politics
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • School choice
  • School funding
  • School reform
  • Standardized tests
  • State of education
  • State policy
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher quality
  • Teachers unions
  • Tenure
  • Urban education
  • Value-added

Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization promoting education reform. Previously, Cunningham was president of Cunningham Communications, a Chicago-based communications company serving public, private and nonprofit sector clients. He is also affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy and research firm. He was assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that, he worked with U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan in Chicago when he was CEO of Chicago Public Schools. For several years, Cunningham was affiliated with the political consulting firm Axelrod and Associates and also served for five years in the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. A native New Yorker, Cunningham began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Duke University. He is married to an artist, and they have two children who are proud graduates of Chicago Public Schools.