Danielle Gonzales is assistant director for policy with the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, where she manages a network of senior congressional education staff and develops tools and reports to support policy related to professional learning and teacher effectiveness, college- and career-ready standards and assessments, and the evolving role of states and the state education agency. Gonzales was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2009 to 2015, where she advanced the K-12 education strategy in key states, including Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She earned her bachelor of arts in political science and Spanish from The George Washington University where she was named a Truman Scholar and earned her master’s in education from the University of Notre Dame.