Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett is the President of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA). Before joining ISA, she served as the Vice President of Policy to Practice for the Alliance for Excellent Education. Over the course of nearly 30 years in education, Wood-Garnett has also served in a variety of roles at the local, state, and national levels including as the assistant commissioner of higher education for New York State where she played a pivotal role in leading Race to the Top initiatives focused on the teacher and leader professional learning and educator licensure; executive director of the District of Columbia’s State Personnel Development Grant; and as executive director of Exemplary Programs, including Title I, II, III for Bellevue (WA) School District. As leader of federal grants and programs, she also successfully directed two national technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, including the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates and the IDEA Local Implementation by Local Administrators Project at the Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Wood-Garnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and a Doctorate of Education in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on several national boards including the Global Science of Learning Education Network and the Learning Policy Institute’s Science of Learning & Development Design Principles Advisory Board. Her most important accomplishment, however, is raising four girls along with her husband.