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Monica Herk

Vice President of Education Research



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As Vice President for Education Research, Monica oversees research to support policy statements in which CED's business leader Members contribute to the improvement of U.S. education from pre-kindergarten through graduate levels.  Business has much to contribute, because employers see what our students need to succeed in the work force.

Monica most recently served as Senior Education Research Scientist at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the Department of Education.  IES is the arm of the federal government that awards much of the federal funding for education research. In this position, Monica worked closely with leading education experts to fund the next wave of research on what works in education across the entire education spectrum.

Previously, Monica was Senior Officer for Research with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Home Visiting Campaign, where she led the Campaign's efforts to integrate evidence-based approaches into home visiting policy and practice. Home visiting is an early childhood program that has been shown to be effective in working with children ages 0-3 and their parents to achieve better school and life outcomes.  Prior to her position at Pew, Monica served as the Executive Director of the presidentially-appointed National Board for Education Sciences, where she worked with the Board to advise IES on how to most effectively advance its research program and knowledge agenda.  Monica worked with the Board to draft its 2012 Annual Report to Congress.  Monica has also worked with IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, on program evaluation and social science methodology, as well as consulted with the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy on matters related to evaluation and cost-benefit analysis.  From 1992 through 2004, Monica worked in Atlanta, Georgia in a variety of settings ranging from state government, non-profit organizations, and academia.  These included the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Georgia; and the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, where she advised on prekindergarten and K12 issues.

Monica holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a masters of public affairs degree and a doctorate in public affairs from Princeton University.

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