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Christopher Shearer

Program Officer, Education Program

Christopher Shearer photoChristopher Shearer is a program officer in the Foundation’s Education Program. He helps manage the Foundation’s grants to reform education through changes in state education policy and helps the Education Program implement its new strategy called “deeper learning.”

Formerly the associate executive director of the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation, Shearer managed grantmaking, policy advocacy, and public engagement for the Society’s $140 million education foundation, which makes awards to address K-12 education policy, financing, and reforms in teacher preparation and practices in the United States and Canada to promote geographic literacy. Since 1997, he held a variety of positions with the Society, including program officer, director of strategic initiatives, and director of grantmaking. While at National Geographic, he also served on the boards of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Geography Education National Implementation Project, and the Canadian Council for Geographic Education.

From 1993 to 1997, Shearer was a staffer with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Health & Education Consortium, where he was responsible for promoting research, communication, and collaboration among fifty-eight leading education and health care professional associations committed to improved outcomes for school-aged children. Before that, he served as the executive assistant to the president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he worked as a liaison to department directors and for special projects. Chris began his career in communications for the Duke University-based Pew Health Professions Commission, which was established to help health professionals, workforce policymakers, and educational institutions respond to the nation’s changing health care system.

Shearer has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and biology, and a master’s degree in English literature, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read "Foundations": A Q&A with Christopher Shearer.