Kerri Briggs, Ph.D.

Education Program Officer, ExxonMobil

Dr. Kerri Briggs is ExxonMobil’s Education Program Officer, managing the company’s signature education initiative while also serving as the corporation’s education policy adviser. Formerly, Briggs was founding Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute, where she led its education reform initiative. She also served as state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia where she was a member of the team that won a federal Race to the Top grant for the city.

Briggs was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. As Assistant Secretary, Briggs played a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting elementary and secondary education. The author of articles on reading, charter schools and school-based management, Briggs was the co-editor of Reading in the Classroom: Systems for Observation of Teaching and Learning, published in 2003.

A native of Texas, Briggs grew up with her family in small towns near Houston, where she attended public schools. Briggs earned a bachelor’s of arts in political science from Stephen F. Austin State University. She did her postgraduate work at the University of Southern California, where she earned a master’s of public policy and, later, a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in policy and organizational studies. She serves as a board member with several non-profit organizations including National Center for Teacher Residencies and the Women’s Auxiliary for the Dallas Children’s Medical Center.