Chad Colby

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Director, Strategic Communications & Outreach

Chad Colby joined Achieve as Director of Strategic Communications & Outreach in October 2011. In his role, Chad works with states and districts to communicate Achieve initiatives, programs, and projects and coordinates with local and national media to advocate for a college- and career-ready agenda and raise the national profile of Achieve.

Chad brings more than 15 years of experience in communications to Achieve. He has worked in three state education agencies included assisting New Mexico's secretary of education with the adoption of new education reform initiatives; serving as the Communications Director at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education; and working as an assistant to the Florida Commissioner of Education.

Chad also worked at the U.S. Department of Education from 2004 to 2009 and served as the deputy assistant secretary for media affairs and strategic communication during his final two years there. A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Chad graduated from Florida State University.

Phone: (202) 419-1570