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
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."
Poll: Student Privacy a Political Point, Politico, March 6, 2014
"Student data privacy was a prevailing topic at SXSWEdu and, according to 83 percent of Washington 'insiders,' it’s a serious or very serious political issue. Whiteboard Advisors’ latest poll finds that 73 percent think some education companies currently violate federal data privacy laws."
Beltway Insiders: For Educaiton, Florida Governor's Race Is One to Watch, Education Week, January 30, 2014
"Seventy-one percent of Washington insiders surveyed in January by Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm, think that the Florida gubernatorial race is the most important one to watch for education. They also think New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia gubernatorial races are important races to follow."
'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
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