Paul Goren currently serves as Special Advisor to Chicago Public Schools and Senior Advisor to the Urban Education Institute.Goren is the immediate past Lewis-Sebring director of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Prior to joining UEI, Goren served as senior vice president of The Spencer Foundation from 2001-2010 and as executive director of the Spencer Forum focusing on the dissemination of research to the policy and practice communities. Previously, Goren was the director of Child and Youth Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A former middle-school teacher, Goren worked as executive director (assistant superintendent) for Policy and Strategic Services in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1995-98 and as a policy analyst and educational researcher in the San Diego City Schools in the mid-1980s. He worked in and subsequently directed the education policy studies division of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) in Washington, DC between 1991 and 1995.

Goren has written on professional development and public engagement for the NGA, served as chief accountability officer in the Minneapolis Schools where he helped develop capacity for data driven-decision making, and led the Spencer Foundation’s efforts to disseminate studies and findings to multiple audiences. Along with numerous presentations at philanthropic, practitioner, policy, and research forums, he served on the National Academy of Science task force on How People Learn. His writing includes commentaries for the National Society for the Study of Education yearbook on Developing the Teacher Workforce, and for Education Week on the relationship of foundations and philanthropy to school districts. Goren received the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in public policy through NZ Fulbright to study Maori education policy.

Goren serves on the board of TERC, a science and mathematics curriculum developer, and is on the executive committee of the Board of Y.O.U., a social service and support agency for students in the Evanston, IL public schools. He also serves on the Boards of the Donors Forum of Illinois and the national Grantmakers for Education organization.

Goren holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, a master of public affairs degree from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Williams College.