Education Post to Welcome Chris Stewart as New CEO

Apr 17, 2019 12:00:00 AM


Aims to Re-energize Education Advocates with Focus on Better Student Outcomes

Chicago, IL -  Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation, today announced that its board of directors unanimously approved Chris Stewart as the organization’s new CEO, effective May 1. Stewart currently serves as the chief executive of Wayfinder Foundation, and is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. His appointment as CEO marks a return to Education Post, having formerly served as the organization’s director of outreach and external affairs from 2014 to 2017. Education Post founder Peter Cunningham plans to step down from his role as executive director and will serve as chairman of Education Post’s board of directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Chris back to Education Post as our new CEO and pass the torch to someone so fearless, committed and passionate about public education,” said Cunningham. “I have every confidence Chris will lead Education Post to even greater achievements. I am equally confident that our staff and our national network of writers and bloggers will continue to advocate for children, teachers and parents, challenge conventional thinking, and drive the dialogue we need to get better results for kids.”

Stewart rejoins Education Post excited to strengthen the organization’s impact and motivated by an unapologetic desire to redirect education advocates toward achieving stronger outcomes for all students.

“It’s inspiring and impressive to see how Education Post has elevated the voices of those who matter most above the elite and philosophical voices that often dominate education reform,” said Stewart.

“Still, the ideological debate we reformers have exhausted over how to improve the education system as a whole is weakening our ability to achieve better outcomes for every kid. To continue making progress, we must shift our focus, and I believe Education Post is poised to lead the sector in a productive conversation that will yield tangible results for kids.”

As CEO, Stewart plans to expand opportunities for education advocates to join Education Post in elevating and activating the families and educators fighting for better student outcomes—not because it’s nice to have their involvement, but because student success depends on their involvement.

He looks forward to working with Education Post’s staff and growing network of bloggers to expand an open forum that embraces new perspectives and prioritizes student achievement over futile debates centered on school governance structures, ideology, and politics.

About Education Post

Founded in 2014, Education Post is a nonprofit organization that seeks to elevate the voices of the people who matter most in the movement to improve schools: parents, kids and teachers. We have built a national network of education advocates who celebrate successes, call out challenges, and speak up in defense of needed reforms through blogs, videos, op-eds and public appearances.

For further information:
Chyrise Harris, Director of Media Relations
Mobile: 720-341-1723

Chyrise Harris

Chyrise Harris was formerly the Chief Communications Officer for brightbeam, formerly known as Education Post, where she oversaw a variety of brand development, strategic communications and storytelling initiatives designed to shape the organization's reputation and impact. She joined Education Post to amplify the unique voice and experience of students, parents and teachers in schools across the country. She previously lead brand development, marketing and communications at STRIVE Preparatory Schools, one of Denver's largest public charter school networks. Prior to that she worked in the communications office at Denver Public Schools where she supported communications for one of the district's largest turnaround efforts. She also managed a portfolio of regional schools, using marketing and communications to support school choice and student enrollment. She built a foundation for communications at Siegel+Gale, a global brand strategy firm headquartered in New York. Chyrise is a product of public schools in Colorado and believes that every child—regardless of race, economic circumstance, or ability—deserves the opportunity to choose and access a free and exceptional education. Chyrise has a bachelor's in journalism and technical communications from Colorado State University and holds a master’s in global marketing communications and advertising from Emerson College in Boston.

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