Dane Linn is a vice president for the Business Roundtable. In this role, he oversees the education and workforce committee and immigration committee, advancing the BRT’s positions on education reform, immigration reform, U.S. innovation capacity, and workforce preparedness. Linn joins the BRT most recently from The College Board, where he served as executive director of state policy. Prior to The College Board, Linn served as director of the educational policy division of the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices. During his sixteen years in this role, Linn represented governors’ education policy issues at the federal level and to state and local associations. He also co-led the development of the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by forty-six states.
In addition, Linn has led national efforts to ensure more students are college- and career-ready and worked on issues related to STEM, early childhood, Perkins and the Workforce Investment Act, and high school redesign. Before joining the NGA, Linn worked for fourteen years in the education system as coordinator of the Office of Special Education Programs for the West Virginia Department of Education, principal of Guyan Valley Elementary School in West Virginia, and teacher and later the assistant principal at Matheny Grade School also in West Virginia. Linn is a PhD candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and holds a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia Graduate College and bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Cabrini College.