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About the National High School Center

Friends of the National High School Center Working Group

The Friends of the National High School Center Working Group consists of leading practitioners, researchers, and senior staff from key national education organizations and foundations. Serving as “critical friends,” the group provides guidance and direction as the National High School Center offers high school-related assistance to the Regional Comprehensive Centers.

Members include:

Janet Bray
Bray Strategies

Ann Coles
Senior Fellow College Access Programs
uAspire

David Ferrero
Senior Program Officer, Education Division
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Naomi Housman
Director of Education Policy and Research
Taskstream

Nettie Legters
Research Scientist
Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University

Jill Martin (retired)
Principal, Pine Creek High School
2007 NASSP/MetLife High School Principal of the Year

Monica Martinez
Consultant

John Nori
Director, Program Development
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Nancy Reder
Deputy Executive Director and Director of Government Relations
National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Mel Riddile
Associate Director for High School Services
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Maria Santos
Deputy Superintendent, Instruction, Leadership & Equity-in-Action
Oakland Unified School District

Becky Smerdon
Managing Director, Education Research and Policy
Quill Research Associates, LLC