Aimee Rogstad Guidera (DC EPFP) is a strategic consultant helping organizations align their efforts and impact in the service of improved student learning and outcomes. Guidera most recently was the Founder, President, and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to empower educators, students, parents, and policymakers with the information they need to make the best decisions to improve student outcomes. Guidera believes that information has the power to transform education to ensure every child in this country is prepared for success in college and careers.
A respected thought leader in education, she was named one of TIME's 12 Education Activists of 2012. She has also been cited as an expert on education policy and the value of education data by publications such as Business Week, NPR, and Education Week. Guidera is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and an alumna of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. One of her career highlights has been having DQC named as The Washingtonian’s Best Places to Work. She serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, Minnesota Comeback, and the Friends of the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Library. She is also the Senior Warden of St. Martin’s by the Lake Episcopal Church.
Before founding DQC, Guidera served as the director of the Washington, DC, office of the National Center for Educational Achievement. She previously served as vice president and chief of staff for the National Alliance of Business (NAB), worked in the education division of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, and taught for the Japanese Ministry of Education.
She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
She and her husband, Bill, are the parents of two school-age daughters. She is an active supporter of her daughters’ public school and has served as a classroom volunteer, parent-teacher organization leader, and advisory committee member. Aimee believes that parents, students, and teachers need to be equally strong legs of the stool of academic success.