The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Review Board

A review board of prominent education experts from across the country—many of whom also serve on the review board that analyzes the school districts that are eligible for The Broad Prize for Urban Education—reviews student achievement data received from the eligible charter management organizations and their states and collected by RTI International. The review board selects the winning charter management organization.


Elisa Villanueva Beard is co-chief executive officer at Teach For America. Previously, Villanueva Beard was executive director of the Rio Grande Valley site and later senior vice president of regional operations and chief operating officer. Villanueva Beard also taught bilingual first and second grade in Phoenix for three years as a 1998 Teach For America corps member.

Christopher Cross founded Cross & Joftus, LLC in 2004 to provide education leaders with personalized and expert assistance in policy analysis and development, evaluation, executive coaching, planning and communication strategies. Cross is a former senior fellow with the Center on Education Policy and with the Education Commission of the States. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Council for Basic Education and as an assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush.

Reginald H. "Reggie" Gilyard is a partner and managing director in the Los Angeles office of The Boston Consulting Group and a lead partner in the BCG Public Education Practice. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in computer systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Jane Hannaway is vice president of the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. and director of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), which focuses on analyses of state longitudinal student- and teacher-level administrative databases, particularly analyses associated with teacher labor markets. Hannaway previously served as founding director of the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute and on the faculty of Columbia, Princeton and Stanford universities.

Paul G. Pastorek is chief counsel and secretary of EADS North America. He previously served as the Louisiana state superintendent of education from 2007 to 2011. Pastorek is an attorney and was associated with the law firm of Adams and Reese for more than 27 years as a partner, litigator and corporate attorney, also serving as the managing partner of the firm’s business practice group. From 1996 to 2004, Pastorek was a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and was elected to three consecutive terms as board president from 2001 to 2004.

Thomas W. Payzant is an advisor to and superintendent-in-residence of The Broad Superintendents Academy. From 1995 to 2006, he served as superintendent of Boston Public Schools, which won the 2006 Broad Prize after being a finalist for four years. He previously served as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District for 11 years, as superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools for three years and as superintendent of Eugene Public Schools in Oregon for five years. In addition, Payzant served as President Bill Clinton’s assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education from 1993 to 1995.

Margot Rogers is vice chairman and senior advisor at The Parthenon Group’s Education Center of Excellence. Prior to joining Parthenon, she was chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Rogers also has served in multiple roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including deputy director of education and the special assistant to the director of education, where she managed the development of the foundation’s college-ready education strategy and staff realignment.

Kim Smith is co-founder and CEO of Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. After serving as a founding team member at Teach For America, she went on to found and lead an AmeriCorps program for community-based leaders in education as well as a business start-up and worked in marketing for online learning. After completing her M.B.A. at Stanford University, she co-founded and led NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm focused on transforming public education, where she helped to create a new, bipartisan, cross-sector community of entrepreneurial change agents.

Nelson Smith is a consultant on education policy and the factors that create success in public charter schools. He recently concluded nearly seven years with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, serving as its first president and CEO beginning in 2004 and as senior advisor in 2010-2011. Previously, Smith served as vice president for policy and governance at New American Schools, as the first executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, and as vice president for education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership.

Christopher B. Swanson is the vice president of Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week. As a member of EPE’s senior leadership team, his responsibilities include project and product development, strategic planning, fundraising activities, and building relationships with other organizations working to advance American education. Swanson heads EPE’s research and development division, which includes the EPE Research Center, library, and knowledge services units, as well as Education Week Press. Swanson is a frequent commentator on a variety of issues, among them: high school dropout and completion, educational policy and research, standards and accountability, instructional reform, student mobility, and public school choice.