Executive Director, National Commission of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, The Aspen Institute
Shirley Brandman is executive director of the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. She previously served two terms as a member and president of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Board of Education, the 17th largest school district in the country, where she oversaw policy development for pre-K through grade twelve. Prior to elected office, Brandman worked as a special education consultant and master teacher for children with learning disabilities and founded Cornell Law School’s first Child Advocacy Clinic, which represented minors seeking to enforce their civil and legal rights. Brandman began her career as an attorney representing youth in abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency cases in Newark, NJ.