Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, LLC, an education-policy consulting firm. He has been a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Education Commission of the States. In addition Mr. Cross serves as a consultant to the Broad Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation and is on the board of directors of TeachhFirst. From 1994 to 2002 he served as president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education. Before joining CBE, Mr. Cross served as Director of the Education Initiative of The Business Roundtable and as Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Cross chaired the National Assessment of Title I Independent Review Panel on Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education from 1995-2001 and the National Research Council Panel on Minority Representation in Special Education from 1997-2002 and was a member of the NRC panel on International Education and Foreign Languages, 2006-2007. He has written extensively in the education and public policy areas and has been published in numerous scholarly and technical publications, including Education Week, Kappan, The College Board Review, The Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Cross has a bachelor's degree from Whittier College and a master's degree in Government from California State University, Los Angeles.