EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, has named Michael McShane director of national research. He most recently served as director of education policy for the Show Me Institute, a state-based nonprofit in Kansas City, Missouri. McShane previously was a Research Fellow in Education Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

He holds his Ph.D in Education Policy from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s of Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Notre Dame. McShane completed his undergraduate studies in English at Saint Louis University and spent three years as a high school English teacher before pursuing his academic career.

He is the author or editor of seven books, with three more currently in the production pipeline. McShane has contributed to popular outlets ranging from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post to National Review. He also has written for education-specific outlets Education Next, Education Week, Teacher’s College Commentary and Phi Delta Kappan. His academic research has been published in Education Finance and Policy and the Journal of School Choice.

And Keri Hunter has been promoted to vice president of training and outreach. She joined EdChoice more than a decade ago and has grown the organization’s team of experts while administering a portfolio of grant programs and executing training conferences across the United States for legislators, parents and other educational choice stakeholders. In her new role, Hunter will continue that growth as EdChoice reaches out to inform new audiences about educational opportunity for all.

Also, Michael Chartier has been promoted to senior director of state relations. He has been part of EdChoice’s state engagement team since 2012 and has worked to advance educational choice policies in 18 states. Chartier previously served under former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. He will head the team that oversees EdChoice’s state-based education, policy and implementation efforts.

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