Key Campaign Spokespeople:
John H. Jackson, Ed.D., J.D.
President and CEO
Schott Foundation for Public Education
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of where they live. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.
Dr. Jackson also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Jackson possesses a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; an M.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education; and a J.D. from the University of Illinois' College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson has an M. Ed. and Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.
Joseph Bishop, Ph.D.
Opportunity to Learn Campaign
As Director of Policy, Joseph Bishop works in partnership with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign network and states to advance efforts around the four pillars of the campaign. The focus of his portfolio is moving a comprehensive opportunity policy agenda anchored by high quality early learning, equitable resources, well-prepared and effective teachers, and a curriculum that prepares students for 21st century college, career and citizenship readiness.
Prior to joining the OTL Campaign, Dr. Bishop was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national advocacy organization that promotes 21st century readiness in 16 partner states and throughout the country. In his role at P21, he led several initiatives related to building successful 21st century schools including a project on 21st century citizenship, out-of school learning and identifying characteristics of model whole child learning communities.
Before P21, Dr. Bishop was Director of Education for the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In that capacity, he was responsible for the overall design, implementation and development of education policy institutes and governance training opportunities for Latino elected officials across the United States.
Dr. Bishop has been a member of the W.K. Kellogg funded California Engaging Latino Community in Education (ENLACE) leadership team while working as a research assistant in the Office of Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He has an extensive education policy background, serving as a policy fellow in the University of California’s State Governmental Relations office, and was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) for a three-year term. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from California State University, Chico and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.