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Elizabeth Cunningham

​Education Policy Consultant, North Carolina

Elizabeth Kolb Cunningham is an education policy consultant. As a strategist with The Innovation Project (TIP), she currently works with TIP’s twenty-six member school districts to design, implement, and evaluate innovative education initiatives. As an analyst with the Governor’s Education Policy office, she works with the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education and teacher pathway initiatives.
Elizabeth previously served as Assistant Vice President, Division of Academic and University Programs at the University of North Carolina System with responsibility for P-12 partnerships and initiatives addressing educator quality, supply, and distribution. At the UNC System, she also served as Founder and Director of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program to develop, support, and retain high quality teachers.

Prior to her work at the UNC System, Elizabeth served as Race to the Top Coordinator and Policy Advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education and earlier as a Research Associate with the NC Education Research Council, providing support to the Governor’s Education Cabinet.

Elizabeth earned a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. She returned to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for a master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership and Learning Organizations in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.

Professionally, Elizabeth is proud of work to develop the NC New Teacher Support Program and to support the development of the new UNC laboratory schools. But Elizabeth is most proud of her family – her husband Cal, daughter Caroline, and son Will. She enjoys distance running and travel.


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December 4, 2019