Peter Ross
Principal

Peter has deep expertise in education as a classroom teacher, manager of education initiatives, strategy consultant, and organizational leader. He is well-versed in the research base on education and adept at translating that research into a policy context. He has strong team and organizational leadership skills and the tools needed to develop and execute a strategic vision. Over the last several years, his portfolio has evolved with a continued emphasis on overall organizational leadership but with a particular focus on leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work and a deeper learning practice, including efforts to infuse K12 performance assessments into higher education admissions, placement and advising. Peter maintains an unwavering commitment to equity and finding solutions that support students that are farthest from opportunity. Peter has worked extensively with school, district and state leaders on developing strategies for and executing deeper learning practices. He also has the knowledge and skills to support organizations and their leaders to set research-based impact targets and develop and execute plans for achieving those plans.

Before joining Education First, Peter helped launch and lead the Learning Policy Institute. Prior to that, Peter worked at The Bridgespan Group, and at Stanford University as the Director of the LEADS Network of eight urban school districts and project manager for the School Redesign Network. He also led an AmeriCorps literacy program supporting public schools in Oakland, CA; directed an international children’s camp in Freedom, ME; managed operations for a startup social entrepreneur firm in Palo Alto, CA; and taught elementary school in New York City, including as a founding teacher at a Coalition of Essential Schools’ member school.

Peter earned a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching with a focus on Elementary Education from the Teachers College Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two daughters.

Peter's expertise

  • Strategy Development and Implementation Support
  • Assessments for Learning & Accountability
  • Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Grantmaking Strategy & Effectiveness
  • Policy Analysis & Development

Peter likes


  • Using miles to explore places far away with my family (e.g., Folegandros, Greece)

  • Hiking and playing with family and friends at beaches and in the redwoods nearby (e.g., Limantour Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore)