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, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Conference of State Legislatures and 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.
Reynolds, who is the 43rd governor of Iowa, also has the distinction of being the first woman elected to the state’s highest office in November 2018. She has a long-standing record of public service, having served four terms as the Clarke County Treasurer before being elected to the Iowa Senate in November 2008. Two years later, as running mate of former Gov. Terry Branstad, she was elected lieutenant governor and served nearly two terms before succeeding Branstad as governor in May 2017, when he left office to become United States Ambassador to China.
Under her leadership, Iowans have benefitted from the largest tax cut in state history and continued tax reform; record investments in public education year-over-year; increased access to behavioral and mental health care, including the creation of Iowa’s first Children’s Mental Health System; and aggressive workforce policy initiatives that will ensure 70% of Iowans achieve training or education beyond high school by 2025.
Reynolds is respected nationally for her leadership on important issues ranging from education to economic growth, and has held a number of positions with the Republican Governors Association, Jobs for America’s Graduates, American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Governors Biofuels Coalition, and the Midwest Governors Association.
Miller spent years successfully developing and managing programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor, in addition to the state of Michigan’s Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Department of Health and Human Services. She has a strong record of creating and administering these programs in public schools, workforce development, and prisoner reentry. Her experience is further enhanced as a result of her time in the financial industry. She is currently a licensed middle school teacher in the Clark County School District with 10 years of classroom experience.
First elected to the Nevada Legislature in 2016, Miller is serving her third term in the state assembly, representing District 5. She is a passionate advocate for education, criminal justice reform, veterans, a diversified economy, and accountable government. Miller serves as chair of Assembly Legislative Operations and Election, vice chair of Assembly Education, and is a member of Assembly Ways & Means where she is the chair of the Subcommittee for Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Transportation. She is also a member of the Nevada Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Nevada State Council for the Coordination Interstate Compact for Military Children.
Vandeven is passionate about ensuring that each child has the opportunity to graduate prepared for success. She has more than 30 years of student-centered service in education, including five at Missouri’s top educational post. She is a teacher who has provided education leadership in the classroom, school, state and national roles assumed throughout her career. Vandeven joined the Department in 2005. She was appointed commissioner of elementary and secondary education by the Missouri State Board of Education in December 2014 and served in that capacity until December 2017. She was reappointed in January 2019. During the interim, Vandeven worked as the director of educational partnerships for the SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina. As commissioner, Vandeven works collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to improve educational opportunities for more than 918,000 Missouri students.
Vandeven began her education career in 1990 as a Missouri teacher. From 1995-2002, she taught high school English and served as an administrator in Maryland before returning to Missouri as an English teacher and administrator.