Cordell Carter, II
Senior Consultant, Education and Workforce
Cordell Carter is a rising leader in education and workforce strategy, policy and technology solutions. His consulting practice focuses helping education and workforce development organizations create and execute business engagement strategies, define and develop their product/service lines and improve alignment of mission, strategy and operations. He is especially active with STEM organizations. Most recently, he was Vice President of Public Policy, leading the Education and Workforce; and Information and Technology Committees for Business Roundtable where his issue areas ranged from K-12 and higher education reform, workforce training, research/development, high-skilled immigration, hybrid infrastructure, global information technology policy and cyber security. He successfully led Business Roundtable’s cyber security advocacy strategy resulting in House passage of bi-partisan cyber security legislation. Previously, Carter served Seattle Public School District as its Director of the School Support Services Division, Director of Business Systems and Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Operations Officer, respectively. For that urban school district, he led enterprise-wide operational and strategic initiatives such as: creation of balanced scorecards and performance metrics for the central office; delivery of business process redesign training to hundreds of employees; collaborative budget development and labor negotiations with teacher unions.
Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, Carter was Visiting Attorney for Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) Bankengruppe’s Office of Legal and Executive Strategy in Frankfurt, Germany. In this role, he focused on public-private partnerships and the European carbon emission credits trading system, and advised on several aspects of U.S. law. Previously, Carter was a Strategy Consultant for IBM Business Consulting Services – Public Sector, where he focused on enterprise architecture, change management and business process reengineering projects for several federal and state government customers.
Carter has participated in The Broad Residency in Urban Education Cohort 2008, serving his two-year Residency in Seattle Public Schools. He was also a participant of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship for Young American Leaders Program, served as the National Student Director of the American Bar Association’s Client Counseling Competition and the winner of the 2007 Illinois Bar Association’s Public Service Award
Carter earned a Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management Studies from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington.