To see a list of past chairs, please click here. Education Commission of the States is privileged to have the following individuals provide leadership for our organization.
Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. In his role, Anderson works with all state education leaders, from governors to chief state school officers – from both political parties – to provide unbiased information, personalized support and opportunities for collaboration. Anderson is committed to helping states create informed education policy and better education systems for students, from early learning through postsecondary and the workforce. Jeremy is in airports more than the office, traveling frequently to visit with Education Commission of the States Commissioners and deliver key note presentations around the country. Prior to joining the organization in 2012, Jeremy built a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country. Some of his accomplishments include providing strategic leadership on education policy design and implementation through projects with the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Conference of State Legislators, and many other national policy organizations. Jeremy has served in multiple policy and governmental affairs roles for governors on state and national education initiatives and was directly involved in brokering the bipartisan passage of the largest K-12 funding investment in Kansas history to avert a shutdown of Kansas schools. Jeremy’s passion for education runs deep; he was raised by two amazing teachers in Kansas and his wife is an early learning teacher in Colorado where they currently reside with their three children.
Steve Bullock, Montana’s former attorney general, was elected Montana’s 24th governor on November 6, 2012. Bullock’s top priorities as governor are better jobs, better education and a more effective government. As a father of three young children, Bullock recognizes that every Montana student should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and that starts with a quality public education. In his first legislative session, Bullock was able to secure a tuition freeze at Montana colleges and universities, preventing the tax of higher tuition from hitting working Montana families. In addition, Bullock has secured historic levels of funding for the state’s elementary, middle and high schools. But Governor Bullock recognizes that learning doesn’t start when a child enters kindergarten; it starts when they enter the world. That is why he is pushing for Montana to join the 42 other states that have made meaningful investments in early childhood programs. Bullock received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree with honors from Columbia University Law School in New York.
Dolores Gresham served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2002 until 2008 when she was elected to the State Senate. She is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and serves as a member of the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee as well as the Finance Committee. She is the vice-chair of the Women’s Caucus. Senator Gresham possesses a track record of over 40 years in public and community service. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Master of Arts degree from Loyola of New Orleans and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Gresham was first appointed as an Education Commission of the States Commissioner in 2009. She currently serves as the Steering Committee member for Tennessee and also sits on the Nominating Committee.
Dr. Melody Schopp has worked for the South Dakota Department of Education for 13 years. She currently serves as the Secretary of Education for South Dakota after being appointed by the governor in April 2011. Prior to that role, she was in various capacities in the department to include a division director as well as Deputy Secretary. Twenty-three years of classroom experience and nine years on a school board were valuable in preparing Dr. Schopp to lead education in South Dakota. Under her leadership, the department has been deliberate in aligning its work towards the aspiration of all students leaving the K-12 system college, career and life ready. This includes the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards, next generation assessments and a longitudinal data system. She has brought together a statewide constituency to build model teacher and principal evaluation systems. Dr. Schopp has formed a strong collaboration with higher education to ensure that the transition from high school to postsecondary is as seamless as possible. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Educational Leadership and Higher Education.