Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard is a Director at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She was formerly a Senior Advisor with Turnaround for Children, focusing on design to address key cognitive and social-emotional skills, which research demonstrates to be requisite for learning and negatively impacted by poverty-induced stress. She is also an independent consultant, supporting the integration of cognitive and social-emotional skills into school and district design through a connection between research, policy, and practice. Dr. Stafford-Brizard also focuses on the development of knowledge management systems to support effective design, implementation, and improvement.
Dr. Stafford-Brizard began her career as a teacher with Teach For America at an intermediate school in the Bronx. Following her doctoral work at Columbia University, Dr. Stafford-Brizard worked at the New York City Department of Education and co-founded the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School in Rochester, New York. She is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.