Mass Insight Education & Research Elects New Board Members

NEC member Mass Insight Education & Research recently announced two new additions to their board of directors, Chris Horan and Jill Norton. Both new members joined the board of directors July 1, 2020.  

 Chris Horan is the founder of Horan Communications, which provides consulting and coaching services in strategic communications for school districts, public agencies, non-profits, and emerging businesses. Previously, Horan served as the first Chief of Communications Officer for the Boston Public Schools. While there, Horan created and implemented an award-winning communications strategy for Boston’s schools. Earlier in his career, Horan was Chief of Staff for Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant and worked as Director of Speechwriting for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  

 Horan Stated: “I’m honored to join the Board of an organization with such a strong reputation in Boston and across the country… As school districts grapple with how best to serve families during these unprecedented times, the support that Mass Insight provides is more critical than ever.” 

 Jill Norton is the former Director of Education Policy at Abt Associates, where she spearheaded projects for the Massachusetts Department for Elementary and Secondary Education and Early Education and Care. Previously, Norton served in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education as a senior policy advisor in both the Patrick and Baker administrations. Prior to her work in state government, Norton worked as the executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy. 

 Norton stated: “I am especially excited to join the Mass Insight board during this moment of uncertainty and change in education… I’m glad for the chance to support Mass Insight’s critical work toward ensuring that all students have access to rigorous and engaging coursework.” 

 The New England Council congratulates these two new board members and thanks Mass Insight for its ongoing work to accelerate learning in Massachusetts’ schools and close the achievement gap. Read more in Mass Insight’s press release.  

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