Brenda Wolff

Where you live: Silver Spring

Date of birth: August 1952

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Retired from the U.S. Department of Education. Consultant to the Principal’s Panel of the National Assessment of Educational Progress through a contract with CRP Inc.

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): First time running for elected office. Former District 14 representative on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

My broad experience and leadership skills uniquely qualify me and will bring an added dimension to board deliberations. I am committed to improving accountability and transparency in policy decisions, providing pre-K to all 4-year-olds and working to eliminate the achievement gap.

The benefits of high-quality preschool are undeniable. I am committed to measuring program effectiveness to provide accountability, and I will work to ensure equitable opportunities and resources without regard to Zip code.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

I feel that Accountability to the community is an important issue in this race. I want to ensure that our resources are spent on programs that work. The new data systems will identify those areas where we are not attaining desired outcomes.

I will work to ensure that those areas identified receive the resources and support they need so that all students can achieve to the best of their ability.

3 – What is one major issue the current school board has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

Communication between the Board and the public can be improved. I will work to better communicate both our successes and our challenges. Open and honest communication provides accountability and transparency. Educational success strengthens the community both socially and economically. I am committed to seeing the public as a partner when advocating for our students.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

I have held numerous management and leadership positions in the U.S. Department of Education, including Chief Attorney for the Boston Office for Civil Rights; Deputy Director in the Philadelphia Office; Director of the National Institute of Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking and Management; Acting Director of the National Institute on Education of At-Risk students; and Senior Program manager for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, where I managed a $129 million budget.

I am involved in education advocacy organizations and several mentoring programs. I am an education advocate who will work to eliminate disparities and increase opportunities on an equitable basis.