National Search Begins for Director of K-12 Education Reform Focus Area
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Increasing Momentum for K-12 Reform Sparks Changes at Walton Family Foundation

National search for director of education reform focus area begins; Jim Blew to focus on Walton family's engagement in special political and philanthropic initiatives in education reform
Dear Colleague, 

The Walton Family Foundation is driven by the urgent need to dramatically raise student achievement, particularly in low-income neighborhoods across our nation. Our board and staff are proud of how we’ve helped cultivate today’s education reform movement by investing more than $1 billion in initiatives that expand parental choice and equal opportunity in education. 

As our board reflects on the movement’s recent gains and momentum, they see many new and compelling opportunities to help accelerate the pace of reform.  In order to make the most of those opportunities, the board has decided to further expand its leadership role in education reform. Here’s what is taking place:
  • Several Walton family members are increasing their individual engagement in both philanthropic and political endeavors related to improving K-12 education. All political activity will be conducted separate and outside of the foundation operations.
  • As a result, the family will be expanding its staff capacity to guide and manage its increasing role in education reform.
  • As part of the process to strengthen the family’s leadership role, Jim Blew, who has advised on the foundation’s K-12 education reform team since 2005, will focus on working directly with individual Walton family members to implement some specific philanthropic projects. Separately, he will execute a political strategy to maximize the current momentum for reform.
As Jim takes on this important new role, the foundation is initiating a nationwide search for a Director of K-12 Education Reform.  The search is being led by Russell Reynolds Associates, and all inquiries regarding the position may be directed to We anticipate that several outstanding candidates will show strong interest in the director’s position. We are also looking for talented individuals to fill several other positions on our education reform team. For more information on these opportunities, please visit

I am personally very excited about what will take place in the coming months and years as we work together to empower parents to choose high quality schools and secure the bold transformation of our national K-12 system of public education.

Buddy D. Philpot
Buddy D. Philpot
Executive Director
Walton Family Foundation

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