• Custom Research

    Our team creates proprietary research and policy analysis for private equity investors, foundations, and entrepreneurs.  

  • Due Diligence

    “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


  • Risk Assessment

    “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

Senator Alexander's Draft NCLB Bill: Cheet Sheet, Education Week, January 15, 2015

"But the bill doesn't appear to get rid of the 'supplement not supplant' requirement, which says, essentially, that federal funds can't replace local dollars. The details of supplement-not-supplant would change quite a bit though, something David DeSchryver of Whiteboard Advisors, an education policy shop, explained really well here."

Rural Idaho Leaders Need to Make Education Demands Clear to Washington, Idaho Statesman, January 6, 2015

"We surveyed Idaho school superintendents and education policy "Insiders" - administration and Capitol Hill officials and key education leaders in Washington who are surveyed regularly by Whiteboard Advisors, a leading education consulting firm."

5 Things Colleges Can Expect from Congress in 2015, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 5, 2015

"In a recent survey by Whiteboard Advisors, a policy-oriented consulting business, only 8 percent of higher-education insiders predicted the higher-education bill would be finished by the end of December."

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-BrainerPOLITICO, 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."


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