Marla Ucelli-Kashyap was Special Assistant for Education to New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean from 1986-88, serving as the Governor’s senior advisor on state policy issues in elementary, secondary, and higher education, as well as on national education activities. Prior to that, Ucelli-Kashyap was Special Assistant to then President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest L. Boyer. She is currently Director of District Redesign and Leadership for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
During the 1990s, Ucelli-Kashyap was a senior program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she was responsible for the Foundation’s efforts to improve the education and development of school children in poor urban communities.
Ucelli-Kashyap has also been an independent consultant in education policy, a political press secretary, and a reporter. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University and holds an M.P.A. from Rutgers. Among her professional service activities, Ucelli-Kashyap is chair of the board of Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. (publisher of Education Week), and is a trustee of Washington, D.C. based Center on Education Policy. She was also a founding co-chair of Grantmakers for Education, a professional development and service organization for private and corporate funders.
Interview on May 10, 2011 – Transcript available here (pdf)