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
Jindal & Common Core: A 2016 No-Brainer, POLITICO, August 14, 2014
"Nearly three-quarters of education 'insiders' think Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s renunciation of the Common Core and aligned tests is driven by pure politics rather than real concerns. In the monthly survey released by Whiteboard Advisors, insiders reacted to Jindal’s actions, saying: 'This is so obviously politics I don’t know how anyone could think otherwise,' and '[The] most obviously political of all the anti-Common Core action recently.'"
Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization, Say Education 'Insiders', Education Week, August 14, 2014
"The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will never be reauthorized. At least that's what 20 percent of education 'insiders' surveyed by a Washington consulting group think. 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."
'Insiders' Weigh In, POLITICO, May 13, 2014
"Every single education 'insider' thinks a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has no shot until at least January 2015, according to Whiteboard Advisors’ monthly survey of a small group of education influentials."
RealClearEd Today, RealClearEducation, March 27, 2014
"...If rural education remains an afterthought for policymakers - a recent survey of rural school superintendents in Idaho and Whiteboard Advisors' 'Education Insiders' found both groups thought the Department of Education put a low priority on rural schools - then Native education is an afterthought of an afterthought."