Benjamin Riley is the Founder and Executive Director of Deans for Impact, which started in part to investigate the answers to a series of questions: What would it take to transform our nation’s educator-preparation system? Who are the leaders in the field who want to undertake that hard work? Are they willing to work together in pursuit of a collective vision?
Mr. Riley’s entry into the professional education community began at the California Department of Justice, where he worked on major education policy lawsuits. He then transitioned into education policy and advocacy. Prior to founding Deans for Impact, Mr. Riley conducted research on the New Zealand education system, worked as the policy director for a national education nonprofit, and served as deputy attorney general for the State of California. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and J.D. from the Yale Law School.