Christopher Shearer is the Acting Program Director of Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He helps manage grants to improve education by advancing deeper learning knowledge, skills, and dispositions for students.
Previously, he was associate executive director of the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation, where for more than a decade he managed grantmaking, policy advocacy and public engagement. From 1993 to 1997, he was a senior staffer at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s interdisciplinary National Health & Education Consortium. Before that, he served as the executive assistant to the president of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He began his career as a communications associate for the Duke University-based Pew Health Professions Commission, established to help the U.S. workforce, policy, and educational institutions respond to the nation’s changing health care system.
Chris is a fledgling guitarist and a recovering distance runner. He 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, his hometown.