Joanne Brady, Board Secretary, is an expert in translating research into programs, curricula, and tools for practitioners and policymakers concerned with educational improvement. At Education Development Center (EDC), Joanne conducted policy analyses and other studies to enable states to plan for more coherent early education systems. With the Open Society Institute, she designed and delivered technical assistance and professional development to countries that were a part of the former Soviet Union. She worked with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to create and launch the first, national performance assessment to identify and credential accomplished teachers of children ages three to eight. Joanne founded and led the Learning and Teaching Division that organized all of EDC’s domestic education programs and 350 staff into five centers of excellence and, as a Senior Vice President, she worked to advance EDC’s impact and improve the quality and equity of education. Prior to her retirement from EDC, Joanne was instrumental in creating initiatives that focus on STEM education, including the Oceans of Data Institute and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network. She also served as a technical advisor to IES’s Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast & Islands, and has presented her own research at the American Educational Research Association, National Governors’ Association, the International Conference of Civics Education Research, and Society for Research on Child Development. She is the author of numerous reports, articles, assessments, book chapters, and monographs. B.A., M.Ed.