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Policy Director - Charles Barone

Charles Barone has more than 25 years of experience in education service, research, policy, and advocacy. Prior to joining Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) full-time in January of 2009, Barone worked for five years as an independent consultant on education policy and advocacy. His clients, in addition to DFER, included the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, the Education Trust, The Education Sector, and the National Academy of Sciences.

From 1997 through 2003, Barone worked for Congressman George Miller (D-CA), first as Legislative Director, then as Democratic Deputy Staff Director for the House Education and Labor Committee when Miller became the Committee’s top-ranking Democrat in 2001. Barone led all of Miller’s work on education and children’s issues during that time period and was lead negotiator for House Democrats on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Barone first came to Capitol Hill as an American Academy for the Advance of Science Congressional Fellow in 1993, and subsequently became Chief Education Advisor to the late Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) until 1996 when Simon retired.

Before his entry into Washington politics, Charles was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University jointly through the Department of Psychology and the School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1991 and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on child and adolescent development and education reform in peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, and mainstream media.