That’s why we remain incredibly grateful to the committed men and women who brought our organization to life.
In 2010, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commissioned a task force to examine the achievement gap — the difference in academic performance between Connecticut’s low-income and non low-income students. At the time, Connecticut had one of the worst achievement gaps in the country, largely because our low-income students were performing in the bottom third of the nation.
That task force was led by Steven J. Simmons, who went on to chair the ReadyCT Board of Directors which today includes four other original task force members. When the task force submitted its 2011 report, the members deemed their findings so valuable that they formed a nonprofit — the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, now known as ReadyCT — to pursue the policies it recommended.Download the 2011 Task Force Report
Since the beginning, our founders and board members have steered us toward success. ReadyCT has been involved in nearly 80 separate legislative efforts to improve education in Connecticut, with over half of them reaching implementation! This happened because of the dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly to ensure opportunity reaches all Connecticut public school students.
Joe Voelker – Chair
Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer (ret.), Stanley Black & Decker
Jeff Auker – Vice Chair
Associate Vice President – Head of Innovation and Delivery, Infosys (Hartford Hub)
Rick Sharma – Secretary & Treasurer
Chief Legal Counsel, Bridgewater Associates
Vice President, Human Resources, General Dynamics Electric Boat
William T. Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Community College
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Hartford
President/Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Business and Industry Association
President (ret.), The Corridor Group
William W. Ginsberg*
President/Chief Executive Officer, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
President/Chief Executive Officer, Okay Industries, Inc.
Jeffrey A. Klaus
Regional President, Berkshire Bank
CEO & Founder, HealthLynxIQ
President, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS)
Mohegan Council of Elders at Mohegan Tribe
President, Goodwin University
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Travelers
Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Stanley Black & Decker
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Yale New Haven Health
Chief Information Officer, Eversource
Michael Van Leesten
Director, Organization Development & Stakeholder Engagement, Social Venture Partners – Connecticut
Steven J. Simmons
David E. A. Carson
William W. Ginsberg*
John R. Rathgeber
Dudley N. Williams, Jr.
*current Board of Directors member
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