Paul Koehler is director of the Policy Center at WestEd, a national nonprofit education research, development and service agency. He also serves as director of the West Comprehensive Center, a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides assistance to chief state school officers and their staffs in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Previously, Koehler served as education adviser to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and as an associate superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. Prior to that, he was a school district superintendent and assistant superintendent for 16 years and a classroom teacher for 10 years. He received his master's degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in elementary education and curriculum development from Arizona State University.