Indianapolis-based Strada Education Network has named Ben Wildavsky senior vice president for national engagement. He brings three decades of experience as an award-winning writer and respected researcher. Wildavsky will oversee the social impact organization’s thought leadership, including collaboration with partners in the higher education, workforce development, government, research, and philanthropic communities to help individuals build more purposeful paths from education to employment.

He previously served as senior fellow and executive director of The College Board Policy Center, where he helped lead the organization’s work to convene top experts in post-secondary education, create high-impact publications, and expand opportunity for today’s students.

Wildavsky began his career as a journalist at publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report, where he was national education correspondent and later education editor.

He has also held numerous leadership roles in philanthropy, research, and post-secondary education. Wildavsky previously served as director of higher education studies for the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York, policy professor at SUNY-Albany, senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.

He is the author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World, and co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation and Measuring Success: Testing, Grades, and the Future of College Admissions. His articles have appeared in publications including the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic.