Our team creates proprietary research and policy analysis for private equity investors, foundations, and entrepreneurs.
“Whiteboard’s education team has been able to provide us with the sort of analysis and understanding of policy and political trends that can impact an investment decision or strategy. Their insight into K12 and post secondary education markets is unparalleled.”
Brooke Coburn, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Meet Our Team
Peter Cunningham recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was responsible for advising Secretary Duncan on education policy development and communications. Meet our team.
“While the findings of the most recent engagement were not positive, the facts are what they are and it is difficult, if not impossible, to put capital at risk when the situation could change quickly in an adverse manner to the business model. The findings of your work helped us reach a quick and we believe ultimately the right conclusion.”
Sean Barrette, Vice President, Chicago Growth Partners
At Whiteboard Advisors, we are inspired by the transformative role that innovators play in improving outcomes for all students. Our team has an unparalleled understanding of the pre-kindergarten through postsecondary landscape. We have served in the White House, the United States Department of Education, state agencies, and classrooms. Over the last decade, we have provided due diligence on education transactions, advised on state and federal policy, and designed high-impact grant programs for leading donors.
W/A In The News
Partnering with government to tackle big problems: 5 things entrepreneurs need to know, VentureBeat, October 11, 2014
"I’d like to encourage more entrepreneurs and investors to consider partnering with the public sector, understand its order, and master the sometimes Byzantine systems that will enable them to make an impact. Here are five recommendations for CEOs considering government challenges — or opportunities"
Common Core Support in Free Fall, US News and World Report, August 20, 2014
"A recent survey from Whiteboard Advisors, a group that conducts a monthly poll of education insiders, found 83 percent felt Jindal's position on Common Core was at least partly, if not purely, motivated by politics. No one questioned said the governor was entirely motivated by substance."
Jindal & Common Core: A 2016 No-Brainer, POLITICO, August 14, 2014
"A majority (55 percent) of insiders think gainful employment regulations could have the biggest impact on the future of higher education."
Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization, Say Education 'Insiders', Education Week, August 14, 2014
"The new survey released Thursday by Whiteboard Advisors found that 72 percent of a small group of key education influentials agreed that, at the very least, Congress won't update the federal education law until after December 2015."
Education Insiders: Louisiana Ground Zero In Common Core Fight, The Daily Caller, August 14, 2014
"The insiders were nearly unanimous in agreeing with Louisiana school board chairman Chas Roemer, who has repeatedly said that Jindal’s change in position is driven by 2016 presidential aspirations."