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
'Insiders' on Rural Issues, Politico, November 26, 2013
"A majority of Washington education 'insiders' in Whiteboard Advisors' monthly poll said they don't think the Education Department thinks rural education is an important issue. But they said one change that can make things easier is simplifying and modernizing E-Rate."
'Insiders' Find Federal Policies Poorly Suited for Rural Districts, Education Week, November 26, 2013
"Education leaders said in a survey that the nation's policies weren't designed with rural students in mind and better serve urban and suburban students."
Studying Abroad Without Leaving the Classroom, US News and World Report, November 20, 2013
"Thanks to technology, expanding study abroad programs does not require huge sums of money and extended travel abroad. Through virtual exchange programs, students can interact directly with other students and create forums to engage individuals with a variety of backgrounds in conversations that can open minds." -- W/A Senior Advisor Gene Hickok
Special election rattles political landscape, Houma Courier, November 19, 2013
"Whiteboard Advisors recently issued a report saying national education 'insiders' are split on whether Louisiana will eventually pull out, noting there are a 'variety of influential voices for and against the Common Core assessments but (insiders) think some putative allies may be doing harm to proponents of the standards.'"
De Blasio wants new police commissioner, schools chancellor, ABC7 Eyewitness News, November 14, 2013
ABC7 Eyewitness News featured Whiteboard Advisors' Education Insider report on elections and education and interviewed Senior Advisor Andy Rotherham for its 6pm newscast.
Education Cuts Hang in Balance as Budget Haggling Begins, Education Week, November 4, 2013
"'If the committee takes a scalpel to the Education Department's budget... the programs that might be most vulnerable include the administration's marquee competitive grants, such as Race to the Top, which rewards states and districts for embracing certain education redesign priorities,' Mr. DeSchryver said."
The New Innovator's Dilemma, Huffington Post, October 29, 2013
"The new innovator's dilemma is especially evident -- and troubling -- in higher education, where a revolution is underway. There is need for dramatic change." -- W/A Co-Founder Ben Wallerstein and Michael Moe of GSV Advisors
Politico Morning Education, Politico, October 18, 2013
"'Frame or be framed.' Cunningham added: 'Policy is a scalpel. Message is a sledgehammer. It needs to be clear….It needs to be strong… It needs to hit you over the head.'”
California takes a left turn on state exams, Washington Post, September 20, 2013
"David DeSchryver, an attorney who has represented California...said the regulatory process is so lengthy that by the time the Obama administration takes action against the state, the new tests will likely be in place."