Jon Schroeder

Senior Fellow

Jon’s career in public affairs and journalism has spanned more than 45 years.

He is a senior fellow with Education Evolving, having been associated with E|E and previous joint ventures of the Center for Policy Design and Hamline University since 1996. From 1996 to 2003, Jon was founding director of Charter Friends National Network (CFNN), which linked more than 75 state-level charter school leaders. He then led the transition from CFNN to the National Alliance for Charter Public Schools and served on the Alliance’s board of directors and executive committee and chaired its policy committee. Once the CFNN/Alliance transition was complete, he became E|E’s coordinator, then administrative partner, until his retirement from Hamline University in 2014.

Jon has also held volunteer leadership positions in a number of organizations during this period, including service as a director and board chair of two Minnesota-based national non-profits, the National Youth Leadership Council and EdVisions, Inc. Previously, he was appointed to state commissions on education policy and service learning by Governors Al Quie, Rudy Perpich and Arne Carlson. In 2012, his national leadership on education policy and reform was recognized through his induction into the National Charter School Hall of Fame.

Jon has served in several senior positions during ten years on the staff of former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger (1984-94), where he played a major role in crafting legislation that created the federal charter school grant program and the Corporation for National and Community Service. He also held positions with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (1970-71), Minnesota Constitutional Study Commission (1971-72), Citizens League (1972-77) and Scholarship America (1994-96), and is a former editor and publisher of the Grant County Herald in Elbow Lake (1977-84). Jon has a BA degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul (1972). He and his wife Dana live in Minneapolis and have three adult children and two grandchildren.

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization working to improve public education.

Our mission is to advance student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that catalyzes community-led innovation.

Our founders and leaders have been instrumental in innovations such as open enrollment and public school choice, the nation's first charter school law, and schools designed and run by teachers.

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