Janice Jackson joined the National Equity Project in August 2013. Prior to her current role she was the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She worked previously at Harvard University, where she provided support for its program for Urban Superintendents Program and other leadership development initiatives such as the Wallace-funded leadership project for states and urban districts. Jackson has been a faculty member and researcher at two universities, working in areas ranging from teaching and teacher education to leadership development. She has deep experience in supporting and running schools and school systems, including having served in the leadership cadre of three major urban school systems and as a consultant to many others. And she has worked in the policy arena at the federal level, as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Education. Jackson has also worked as a board member or consultant with a wide variety of major education organizations that support professional development; academic, social and emotional learning for students; and the pursuit of more equity.