Important Clients. Complex Issues.

Trusted advisors to the most transformative entrepreneurs and
organizations in education, health, and wellness.

"Whiteboard Advisors has a well-earned reputation as the go-to public affairs firm for the most innovative companies and entrepreneurs in education."

Michael Moe, Co-Founder and CEO, GSV Asset Management

“I continue to be hugely impressed by Whiteboard's thoughtful approach to education PR, their extensive network, and also their flexibility as our needs change in the rapidly developing edtech world."

Tom Glover, Communications Director, TES Global

"Whiteboard Advisors has been an invaluable resource to our team, providing thoughtful and tactical support as we navigate the complexity of public policy and its impact on our strategy and mission."

Liz Simon, Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, General Assembly

"The Whiteboard Advisors team pairs unique insights into policy and politics with a deep commitment to social impact. They provided us with clear guidance to support our campaign."

Lindsay Jones, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer,

"Whiteboard Advisors' understanding of the sector is unparalleled; they provide us with valuable market research, policy analysis, and insights into the influencers who shape the conversation."

Jessie Lyons, Director of Government Affairs, Scholastic

"Whiteboard has been invaluable to Their connections to state policymakers provide us with reach across the country, and their understanding of the intersection of policy and media provides us with nuanced, thoughtful counsel to guide our strategy."

Cameron Wilson, COO,

Innovations In Education, Health, And Wellness For The Public Good.

For over a decade, we’ve helped change-making entrepreneurs and organizations launch award-winning communications strategies and navigate complex policy and market dynamics.

Have We Decided What ‘Gainful Employment’ Means Yet?

EdSurge, Alison Griffin and David DeSchryver

The Obama Administration’s “gainful employment” regulations are among the most contentious federal education regulations. Ever. For the last nine (!) years, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been trying to define the term, and definition may determine whether a school is eligible to receive federal student aid for its programs under the Higher Education Act (HEA). 

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The Consumerization Of Edtech

TechCrunch, by Ben Wallerstein and Jacob Stiglitz

As policy geeks, it’s easy to forecast limited investment in supplemental learning because of cultural norms or the structure of U.S. public education. But convenience has a funny way of shaping consumer behavior. Broadband ubiquity and mobile computing are beginning to bend the curve on access and, in turn, consumption. And it’s happening quickly.

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Communications. Advocacy. Research.

Whiteboard Advisors is a unique strategic consulting and communications firm. We design creative strategies to help transformative businesses and organizations achieve their goals. We focus the story. We simplify the complexity. We engage the media and communities of influence to bring breakthrough ideas to market.


We tell stories that make an impact.Our team translates new ideas into messages that resonate. Our ideas land on front pages and shape the opinions of audiences that matter. We create platforms for leaders to speak about their mission and values. Branding. Message development. Media training. Media relations. Content creation. Social media strategy. Sentiment analysis. Influencer engagement.


We help executives navigate policy impacted markets. New ideas rarely fit neatly within existing regulatory frameworks and funding streams. Procurement processes confuse entrepreneurs and investors. Public sector leaders struggle to understand emerging business models and find solutions. We help align solutions with real-world needs, to create public-private partnerships that make an impact.


We demystify complexity. Our research team simplifies policy and regulatory issues to inform decision-making. We offer a truly unique perspective, informed by deep market expertise and real-time policy and political intelligence. We produce high-quality research and visualizations of data to support transactional due diligence. Our weighted probability scenarios, risk assessments and funding analyses guide strategy. And as thought leaders in our own right, Whiteboard Advisors produces white papers and original research that shape the debate.

Our Team.

From offices in Washington, D.C, and Silicon Valley, our team of policy wonks, campaign strategists, recovering politicians, former journalists, and storytellers brings an unmatched understanding of media, market and policy landscapes to bear on strategy.

Senior Advisors.

Our senior advisors offer a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise to our clients. They are thought leaders, writers and commentators that share a deep commitment to social impact. They have served as government leaders, classroom teachers, and journalists. Senior advisors are engaged across a wide range of pursuits, beyond their work with our team. The views and opinions expressed by senior advisors beyond this website are not approved or endorsed by Whiteboard Advisors.

Jeff Selingo

Senior Advisor and Publisher, Education Insider

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