Chief of Global Policy & External Relations, College Board

Stefanie Sanford serves as Chief of Global Policy & External Relations for the College Board. She leads College Board advocacy initiatives with policymakers, public and private institutions, and organizations to advance educational access and opportunity for all students. She heads the Washington Office and oversees the College Board’s Communications & Marketing, Policy, and Government Relations departments and strategic relationships with foundations. Prior to joining the College Board, Dr. Sanford spent over 10 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as Director of Policy and Advocacy for the United States Program.  Before joining the Foundation, she served in a number of policy leadership positions at the federal and state level including as a White House Fellow in the Office of Cabinet Affairs.  She is author of Civic Life in the Information Age: Politics, Technology and Generation X, based on her dissertation research.  Dr. Sanford is a native Texan and holds a BS from Texas Christian University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.