Chris Minnich is the president of NWEA, where he has led a transformation of the organization, expanding its portfolio to encompass services and assessment.
Prior to that, Chris successfully served as the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He became executive director in 2012 and led the organization in a direction 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 directed the organization during its involvement in the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015.
Additionally, Chris focused on the advancement and improvement of assessments in leadership roles at Harcourt and the Oregon Department of Education.
Chris holds a BS in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.