Deborah Howard leads EDWorks’ research and development work, concentrating on product design and innovation, evaluation and quality control. She blends her unique knowledge and experience in the field of education, non-profit and corporate sectors to help transform public education. Deborah was a primary architect of KnowledgeWorks Foundation’s Ohio High School Transformation Initiative and the Ohio Early College Network. Before joining KnowledgeWorks Foundation, she was Executive Director of the Cleveland Education Fund (CEF), a technical assistance and grant-making body, which focused its efforts in school library development; K-16 networking of mathematics and science educators and corporate partners; and teacher professional development in literacy, mathematics, science and technology. Before moving to Ohio in 1994, Deborah served on the Superintendent’s Cabinet in North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas. Her early career included work in higher education, economic development, chamber of commerce management, advertising and communications.