Shannon Marimón has been appointed executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform.

“We are so pleased that Shannon will be joining us as CCER’s executive director,” CCER board chair Steve Simmons said.

“She has a solid background in education policy, knows the state’s educational landscape, and is an outstanding person. Our board very much looks forward to working with her as she leads our efforts to advance educational achievement for all of Connecticut’s students.”

In her role with CCER, Marimón will work to narrow Connecticut’s achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut.

The organization advocates for state-level policies that help overcome educational barriers. CCER also works with educators to implement meaningful and sustainable improvement.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to take on this unique and fulfilling role with CCER as closing Connecticut’s achievement gap is critical to maintaining the state’s competitive edge,” Marimón said.

“A strong, effective, and equitable educational system is imperative to our state’s long-term success, and I look forward to building long-lasting partnerships across the business community and with other stakeholders in order to maintain the state’s focus on this vital issue.

“This is a systemic challenge that requires the engagement, innovative thinking, and investment of all stakeholders, while building upon the commitment that educators make to students each and every day.”

Marimón brings over 15 years of education and non-profit experience to her new role.

Marimón was director of talent and operations at Connecticut RISE Network, responsible for establishing, advancing, and monitoring organizational goals related to student on-track achievement and college and career readiness. At RISE, she also designed and implemented talent systems and policies, and led new staff recruitment and hiring efforts.

Prior to RISE, Marimón was division director with the talent office for the Connecticut State Department of Education.

During her five years with the state, she provided leadership and support to Connecticut and regional stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the statewide teacher induction program and educator evaluation and support system.

This included the coordination of review process for all district plans; statewide trainings; state-supported data management systems; and development of monitoring protocols to ensure fidelity of implementation.

Marimón advised school and district leaders on talent management efforts with a focus on using data to drive actionable and meaningful opportunities for educator preparation and growth, design of high-quality systems for professional learning, and identification of effective recruitment, selection, and retention strategies.

Marimón earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, an MLA from Stanford University, and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.

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