Rebecca Wolf DiBiase, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

TITLE: Senior Advisor

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education, education policy, charter schools

CONTACT: rdibiase@broadfoundation.org, (310) 954-5050

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PROFILE: Rebecca Wolf DiBiase is Senior Advisor to The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. She has been with the foundation since 2006, first as a director, then senior director, then managing director of programs, and was elevated to her current position in July 2014. Throughout it all, she has had her hands fully in Broad's work improving education for students K-12. Here's her bio on the foundation's website:

Rebecca Wolf DiBiase is an expert in school district accountability, human resources, performance management, and charter schools. . . Previously, DiBiase was director of accountability for the Charter School Office of the Massachusetts Department of Education. She also worked for the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, where she focused on policy reforms in K-12 education and urban entrepreneurship. Earlier in her career, DiBiase taught middle school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Wolf DiBiase currently sits on the boards of three high-performing charter school management organizations: KIPP L.A., Aspire Public Schools, Calif. and the Alliance for College Ready Schools, Calif.

As you can see from her board appointments, Wolf DiBiase champions charter schools. But she champions them because she champions any school system that will maximize students' potential. As she wrote in a 2013 Huffington Post piece:

There's a lesson to learn from charters like KIPP and Alliance: all students, when given the opportunity, can learn and achieve. We believe more public schools—traditional and charter— that provide equal opportunities for their students and achieve outstanding results should be highlighted, fairly funded, and serve as models for the nation.

On the flip side, we know that some public charter schools are not providing an outstanding education to their students—and we believe in strong accountability. If a public charter school isn't getting results, its authorizer should not renew its ability to operate. This would represent a significant step toward advancing accountability and keeping our collective promise of a quality education for children across the country.