Nathaniel Schwartz is a professor of practice at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He leads Annenberg’s efforts to develop local partnerships that directly improve the quality of schools and experiences of students while producing nationally relevant research. He was previously the chief research and strategy officer for the Tennessee Department of Education. In this role, Nate led the department’s research and strategic planning teams, contributing to the launch of Tennessee Succeeds, a strategic plan and vision aimed at increasing postsecondary and career readiness for Tennessee’s one million students, and to the creation of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, an innovative state-level research partnership with Vanderbilt University. He has worked as a high school science teacher in Illinois and Arkansas. Dr. Schwartz earned his PhD from the University of Michigan's School of Education, his master of public policy from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and his bachelor of arts from Harvard College. Previously, he taught high school science through Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta and served as a founding teacher for the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago.