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Christopher Cross

chairman, Cross & Joftus, LLC

Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, LLC, an education-policy consulting firm. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Education Commission of the States. In addition Mr. Cross serves as a consultant to the Broad Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation. He is a member of the advisory board for the School Evaluation Service program of Standard and Poor's. From 1994 to 2002 he served as president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education (CBE). Before joining CBE, Mr. Cross served as Director of the Education Initiative of The Business Roundtable and as Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement in the US Department of Education. Mr. Cross has a BA degree from Whittier College and a MA in Government from California State University, Los Angeles.