Global cities welcomes new board members


OCTOBER 11, 2017

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As a new school-year begins, Global Cities Inc. continues to grow as more schools and cities join our Global Scholars network. We are also growing our leadership, and we are delighted to welcome three new members to our advisory board – Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Charlynn Goins, and John B. King Jr. Our new board members bring a rich and varied set of experiences in the fields of education and youth development.

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and she also is co-director of the National Center for Children and Families. In her work and research, she focuses on family and community influences upon the development of children and youth.

Charlynn Goins is Chairman Emerita of the New York Community Trust, where she served as chair from
2009 through 2014, and continues to serve on its board. From 2008 through 2015, she served on the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, and the New York Women’s Forum.

John B. King Jr. is President and CEO of the Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2016 to 2017 under President Barack Obama. He is noted for his lifelong commitment to education as a teacher, principal, and school system administrator, and for his passion for advancing educational equality for all students.

The arrival of our new board members is particularly timely as we prepare for our Paris symposium, Students and the Global Edge: Evaluating the Global Education Experience. At the meeting we will release our white paper on best practices for defining and evaluating student outcomes in the field of international digital exchange. Global Cities looks forward to drawing on the guidance of both our new and existing board members for these upcoming milestones and for our greater mission of cultivating the next generation of global citizens.