Executive Director, Education and Society Program, The Aspen Institute
Ross Wiener joined the Aspen Institute in May 2009. In his role as Executive Director, Ross leads professional learning networks for urban school district leaders and senior Congressional Education staffers. The program assists policymakers and education leaders in strengthening human capital systems, supporting implementation of Common Core State Standards, and strategically reallocating financial resources. In addition to facilitating networks, the Education & Society Program hosts public conversations as well as off-the-record workshops, and publishes original research and commentary. From 2002 to 2009, Ross worked at the Education Trust, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising standards and closing achievement gaps in public education.
As policy director and then as vice president for program and policy, Ross managed the Education Trust's research/data analysis, policy development, conference programming, and technical assistance to educators and policymakers in both K–12 and higher education. Prior to Education Trust, Ross served for five years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, where he represented the United States in cases dealing with desegregation, harassment, and the adequacy of services to limited-English proficient and disabled students. Ross is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a law degree with high honors from the George Washington University Law School. He clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.