Sarah Dillard, CEO

For the last decade, Sarah Dillard has been working to improve U.S. education. 

Sarah began her education career at the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as a Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. She was the youngest staff member of the Secretary’s policy committee, initiated the launch of Doing What Works, and contributed to the plan for transforming the New Orleans Public School system after Hurricane Katrina.

Sarah left ED with her boss to start the National Math and Science Initiative. NMSI scales up programs with proven impact on math and science education. It has been recognized for its impact on math and science education by the White House.

Most recently, Sarah was on the management team at Quad Learning, a venture-backed startup that partners with community colleges to offer the American Honors program. There, she consistently took on the organization’s toughest challenges, including creating scalable student services and operating models and executing a turnaround of the marketing and admissions function.

Sarah started her career at Bain & Company. Her BA is in economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University where she was an A.B. Duke Scholar and won the Holton Prize for education research. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow and a George Fellow.  

Sarah serves on the alumni advisory council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard, the board of Capital City Public Charter School, and the advisory board of Guild Education. With Tom Eisenmann and Eric Ries, she is the author of the HBS note, "Hypothesis Driven Entrepreneurship" and blogs at