K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, Ph.D. is an independent consultant, supporting the integration of cognitive and social-emotional skills into school and district design through a connection between research, policy and practice. She also focuses on the development of knowledge management systems to support effective design, implementation and improvement. Dr. Stafford-Brizard began her career as a teacher with Teach for America at an intermediate school in the Bronx. Following her doctoral work at Columbia University, Stafford-Brizard worked at the New York City Department of Education and co-founded the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School in Rochester, NY. She is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.