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This profile was last updated on 10/5/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Executive Director

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: c***@***.org
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Avenue , NW , Suite 700 ,
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20001
United States

Company Description: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters of Public Policy
    University of Maryland , College Park
  • Bachelor of Science , Political Science
    University of Washington , Seattle
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Web References
CCSSO - Leadership Team, 5 Oct 2015 [cached]
CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich
Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich was appointed Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in December, 2012. As Executive Director, Chris has ushered in a new strategic plan in which CCSSO is committed making sure all students participating in our public education system - regardless of background - graduate prepared for college, careers, and life.
Since 2012, CCSSO has worked with states to raise the bar on standards, assessments and accountability, transform educator preparation programs, design new approaches to teaching and learning, and implement and sustain promising reforms across the country.
Chris first joined CCSSO in 2008 as part of the standards program. In 2009, he assumed the role of Strategic Initiative Director of Standards, Assessment and Accountability, where he facilitated the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative resulting in 45 states and the District of Columbia voluntarily adopting the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and Mathematics. In 2010, Chris became the Senior Membership Director at CCSSO, serving as the lead contact for all 57 of CCSSO's members.
Chris has an extensive background in assessment and accountability work. From 2005-2008, he held multiple positions at Harcourt, all focused on the advancement and improvement of assessments. Specifically, he led the development and deployment of a teacher-centered online portal focused on assessment education.
Before joining Harcourt, Chris served as the Director of Test Design and Implementation at the Oregon Department of Education from 2003-2005. While there, he led the statewide implementation of Oregon's online assessment.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Whitney and their son Carson.
Sharon Robinson | Data Quality Campaign, 30 Dec 2014 [cached]
Chris Minnich
CCSSO - Leadership Team Bios, 25 June 2012 [cached]
Bruce Buterbaugh | Melissa Zack Johnston | Chris Minnich | Janice Poda
Chris Minnich, Senior Membership Director
Chris Minnich serves as the Senior Membership Director at the Council of Chief State School Officers ("CCSSO"). In this role, he manages the communications, advocacy and membership functions of the Council. This includes advocating on behalf of the state chiefs and generating collective state action around key education reform areas.
Prior to his current role at CCSSO, he led the standards and assessment work at CCSSO, where they are currently working on implementing common standards across states.
Prior to CCSSO, Chris worked at Pearson Assessment as the Director of the Assessment Academy Project which provided information regarding assessment practices to different users around the world.
Staff and Advisory Board, 5 May 2015 [cached]
Chris Minnich Executive Director Council of Chief State School Officers
"This is going to show the ..., 18 Sept 2015 [cached]
"This is going to show the real achievement gap," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. "We are asking more out of our kids and I think that's a good thing."
At the same time, he added, "There's no question that when we raised the bar for students that we're going to have to support our lower-achieving students even more so than we are now."
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