Chris Minnich

Chris Minnich

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Minnich leads the organization to deliver insights that help educators maximize their time and improve learning for all students. His focus on putting teachers and students at the forefront has created new partnerships, products and opportunities designed to help all kids learn.

Before joining NWEA in January 2018, Chris held several key leadership roles in the education industry. Most recently, Chris served as the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. While there, he led the organization to ensure all students in the public education system—regardless of background—graduated prepared for college, careers, and life. A critical part of his role was working with states to upgrade their standards and assessments, transform educator preparation programs, design new approaches to teaching and learning, and implement and sustain promising reforms across the country. He also directed the organization during its involvement in the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015.

Previously, Chris held multiple positions at Harcourt, all of which focused on the advancement and improvement of assessments as well as helping teachers understand how to use assessment data. Before joining Harcourt, he served as the director of test design and implementation at the Oregon Department of Education. While there, he effectively led the statewide implementation of Oregon’s online assessment.

Chris holds a BS in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as an MPP from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as co-chair on the Oregon Business & Industry Education Committee and is a member of the University of Oregon President’s Diversity Committee.