U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of Jo Anderson Jr. as senior advisor to the department, where he will conduct outreach to teachers and teacher organizations.
"Jo Anderson has spent many years as an effective advocate for teachers and a strong champion of school improvement," Duncan said. "His outstanding leadership abilities and partnering skills will be a real asset as we look to collaborate with teachers on our reform initiatives. I am honored to have Jo on my team."
Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA). Before assuming that post in 2005, he held a variety of other positions with IEA-NEA, working on a range of issues from school restructuring to professional development. In 1995, Anderson founded the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) to facilitate school restructuring and reform efforts throughout Illinois. He also held posts with the Industrial Areas Foundation and the National Consumers Union and was a university instructor in philosophy and political science.