Joaquin Tamayo started his career in education as a high school teacher, was in the first class of New Leaders principals, and then served as the founding principal of the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law high school in New York. He then served as Assistant Director of the Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program and subsequently went to work for the Obama Administration, where he served on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and, ultimately, as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also worked with Stand for Children, an education advocacy organization, heading an initiative to improve school climates and reduce suspensions. Currently he is a Senior Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel, leading projects related to advancing the science of learning and development to drive equity, improvement, and excellence in US public education.