Our Board of Directors

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At the 1996 National Education Summit a bipartisan group of governors and corporate leaders decided to create and lead an organization dedicated to supporting standards-based education reform efforts across the states. To do so, they formed Achieve as an independent, bi-partisan, non-profit education reform organization.

To this day, Achieve remains the only education reform organization led by a Board of Directors of governors and business leaders. This unique perspective has enabled Achieve to set a bold and visionary agenda over the past 15 years, leading Education Week in 2006 to rank Achieve as one of the most influential education policy organizations in the nation.


Mark B. Grier
Vice Chairman
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Watch Mark B. Grier's Views on American Education and Achieve

Board Members

Craig R. Barrett
Former CEO/Chairman of the Board
Intel Corporation
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Governor Bill Haslam
State of Tennessee
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Governor Jay Nixon
State of Missouri

Governor Margaret "Maggie" Hassan
State of New Hampshire 

Chairman Emeritus
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
IBM Corporation
Michael Cohen