Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute, is co-chair of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development and a member of the California State Board of Education. She is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, and from 1994 to 2001 was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.
Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as director of the RAND Corp.'s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University Teachers College. She received her doctorate in education from Temple University.