Beth Ann Bryan currently serves as a senior advisor for Education Reform at The George W. Bush Institute. Starting in 2010, Bryan has been working with the Bush Institute as a Policy Associate in the Middle School Matters program, helping ensure that every American high school graduate is college-ready and prepared for a good job.
Bryan also serves as senior education advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she assists both private and public entities with the implementation of education reforms and counsels clients on education policy issues. Her recent experience includes helping to develop initiatives to improve secondary school literacy, navigating policy issues affecting students in pre-k through college for higher education officials and ensuring that instructional practice in education is driven by high quality research.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Bryan served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige from 2001 to 2003. She also served as a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and worked closely with First Lady Laura Bush’s office on education initiatives in Texas and nationwide.
After leaving Washington in 2003, Bryan served as the volunteer Executive Director of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Bryan worked as an education advisor to the Texas Governor’s Business Council. Bryan previously worked as a Psychological Associate in private practice for 12 years and as a public school teacher in Houston, Texas for seven years.
Bryan received her Bachelor of Arts from Houston Baptist University in 1969 and her Master of Education from the University of Houston in 1978. She has served as Vice Chair of the National Board for Education Sciences.
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