Twice a year, CE opens up our expert network to individuals and teams from all over the country. After a rigorous process consisting of an application, a video interview, and reference checks, we accept candidates with expertise in one or more areas of relevance to education organizations.

Despite the complexities involved in reviewing the applications, coordinating the interviews, and managing the reference check process, running this selection process is one of the highlights of the year for us. Getting to know individuals and teams with deep expertise, years of experience in education, and a fiery commitment to their work is inspiring and fills us with optimism about our collective ability to realize real change. We can’t wait to share our excitement with you. Scroll down to explore our interactive charts and learn more about our 103 newest experts.

p.s. Curious about our network graph on the right? It shows the density of connections between the experts in this cohort. Stay tuned for more on that in our next newsletter! In the meantime, see what happens when you click and drag a pin.

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An overview

The Chart: This interactive visualization shows the breadth of this cohort's expertise. Each bubble represents an area of expertise. The relative size of the bubbles indicates the number of experts who specialize in that area.

How to use it: Click on the bubbles to learn more about each area of expertise. Moving the bubbles around is just a lot of fun, too!

What we’re thinking: Strategic Planning/Program Design are the most common areas of expertise (64 experts), with Human Capital being the next most common (33 experts). We're especially excited to bring on 22 experts with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expertise - these experts will also be added to our DEI Expert Hub.


Years of Experience Across Areas of Expertise

The Chart: How deep is the expertise in an area? One possible indication is the proportion of experts with 5+ years of experience in that area (which means they have clocked 10,000 hours in that area). The height of each bar in this chart shows the number of experts in the area, with the height of the orange bar showing the number of experts with 5+ years of experience in that area.

How to use it: Hover over a bar to discover the number of experts who have expertise in that area. Click on an area in the legend to remove it from the data set or add it back in (you'll know if an area is removed if the box beside it is grayed out).

What we’re thinking about: The relative height of the orange section of the bar gives us a sense of the degree of specialization in that area. Human Capital, Program Evaluation, Curriculum/Assessments/Instruction, and Marketing/Communication stand out as areas where very high percentages of experts have more than five years of experience. Start-up Support, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI), and Personalized Learning stand out as areas where a lower percentage of experts bring 5+ years of experience.


The map: We know some projects benefit from a local presence. This map shows where the experts in our newest cohort are based.

How to use it: Click on a pin to discover the number of experts living in that area. The darker the color, the more the number of experts concentrated there.

What we’re thinking: Our experts are mainly located on the coasts, and in the south. There is much less representation from the inland states. Three cities - Washington DC, New Orleans, and Chicago - contribute the most experts.

3. Demographics

The Charts: The following three charts show the breakdown of the cohort by race/ethnicity, gender, and educational attainment.

How to use it: Each section of the circles represents a a different sub-group group. Hover over a section to see the percentage of experts in that sub-group. Click on an area in the legend to remove it from the data set or add it back in (you'll know if an area is removed if the box beside it is grayed out).


What we’re thinking: 42% of our experts identify as people of color. Of these, 56% are Black, 19% are Asian, and 14% are Hispanic/Latinx. These experts don’t just bring valuable skills and experiences to projects, but also the valuable perspectives of their communities. More broadly, we are working to ensure that the face of education expertise is reflective of the diversity of our students.


What we’re thinking: Two-thirds of education consultants in this cohort are women. We’re excited to see represented in this application cycle what we already know to be true - women have incredible expertise, leadership, and guiding influence to offer.

Educational Attainment

What we’re thinking: Most of our experts have advanced degrees, with a majority of degrees directly related to education. However, a significant portion also have MBAs and JDs…and one has an advanced degree in electrical engineering!

4. Expert Types

Independent consultants

61% of this cohort are full-time independent consultants.


23% of this cohort have full-time roles, but are eager to amplify their impact through targeted projects.


19% of this cohort is composed of teams or organizations. Some work nationally, while others focus on a region.

5. Meet a few of our experts