Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign, a national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion in American higher education, starting in America’s community colleges. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to identify and apply innovative, evidence-based education interventions, financing models, and behavioral incentives to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates. From 2009-2013, Dr. Kanter served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, overseeing all federal postsecondary education programs, From 1993-2009, she was president of De Anza College and then chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Silicon Valley, California. She began her career as an alternative high school teacher in Lexington, MA. Dr. Kanter holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Z.W. (Zach) Taylor is a research assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a BA in English Education, an MA in English, and an MS in Educational Leadership. As a scholar-practitioner, Zachary has 12 years of work experience throughout the P-20 spectrum as a civic youth events coordinator, site director of a Title I academic mentoring program, secondary school language arts instructor, associate director of a pre-college readiness program, college instructor, and admissions reader.
His scholarly interests include examining the intersection of informatics and sociolinguistics as they pertain to pre-postsecondary access information in digital settings. As a researcher, he has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, many in top-tier journals such as the Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education Quarterly, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, among others. As a practitioner, he has performed readability audits for hundreds of postsecondary institutions across the United States and frequently speaks on the topic of readability, translation, and web accessibility of institutional materials meant for student audiences.