Michael J. Petrilli, vice-president for national programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, has been named a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Petrilli’s work at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation focuses on developing a national research agenda in education policy and coordinating that policy strategy.
From 2001 to 2005, he served at the United States Department of Education, the last two years as associate assistant deputy secretary in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. He identified, supported, and promoted innovations in education such as charter schools, vouchers, education technology, and alternate routes to teacher certification. He also helped implement the No Child Left Behind Act’s school choice and supplemental educational services provisions.
Petrilli was vice-president of community partnerships at K12, a virtual charter schools company in McLean, Virginia, from 2000 to 2001. He also served as program director and chief of staff at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation from 1997 to 2000.
He graduated in 1995 from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in honors political science, Phi Beta Kappa.