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Suzanne Tacheny Kubach, was the founding Executive Director of the PIE Network, a network connecting state-level advocacy organizations and national thinking tanks from across the country. Under her leadership, the network grew its membership to almost 5 times the number that met at Its first meeting in 2007. The Network now connects 109 member organizations, including 87 state-based advocacy organizations from 35 states and Washington, D.C., along with 22 national partners.
Kubach’s leadership inspired the Network's lasting commitment to cross-ideological collaboration and established an unusual culture of candor among Network members, whose reflection on best-laid-plans-gone-awry has led to innovative policy solutions across the country. She launched the Network's flagship Leadership Institute, which, after completing its fourth cohort, connecting over 100 program alumni working to improve education. In all, she raised over $20 million to grow and sustain the Network over the past decade. As she passes the baton for the role of Executive Director in early 2019, the Network's fiscal health has never been stronger.
Dr. Kubach has extensive experience on both sides of the policy-making dais. She served as a gubernatorial appointee to California's state board of education from 2001-2005, leading the development of the Early Assessment Program and pressing for improved assessment reporting and translation for teachers and parents. In 1999, she founded a statewide advocacy organization representing business voices in California’s state capital. Her experience includes working within California’s largest school district. Throughout her career, she’s served on over a dozen governing boards and advisories in the nonprofit and public sectors. A nationally recognized leader with a PhD in education policy, planning, and administration, she is also a trained community organizer, frequent presenter, and contributor to several national publications.
She earned a Doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Southern California and was distinguished as a USC Presidential Fellow. She holds a BA in communications from the University of Minnesota. She now lives in Minneapolis. She is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.