Hillary Knudson

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Hillary works at the nexus of policy and politics, focusing on strategy, advocacy, and research across the K-12 enterprise. Her driving vision is towards system-level change that advances equity in access and success for all students. She has over six years of experience in federal and state education policy, legislation, and implementation. Most recently she served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Tennessee Department of Education. During her tenure, she co-authored Tennessee’s ESSA plan and oversaw the implementation of multi-million dollar strategic initiatives connected to early literacy, high quality instructional materials, and school improvement efforts across the state. Prior to TDOE, Hillary worked for the Senate Education Committee supporting the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the legislative process and final passage. 

Hillary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Child Development from Vanderbilt University and her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership from Stanford Graduate School of Education. She currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys surfing, trying new restaurants, and searching for the perfect cold brew coffee.