Beth Ann Bryan assists both private and public entities with the implementation of education reforms and counsels clients on education policy issues.

Her recent experience includes—

  • helping to develop initiatives to improve secondary school literacy
  • navigating policy issues affecting students in pre-k through college for higher education officials
  • ensuring that instructional practice in education is driven by high quality research
  • assisting public and private sector clients in understanding current state education standards and processes for obtaining high quality standards
  • assisting public and private entities navigate state and national education policies
  • working with public and private entities on proposals to improve math education
  • enhancing public school accountability
  • working with clients to develop programs designed to improve students’ readiness for college and the workplace.

In 2010, Ms. Bryan was appointed to serve as education policy associate at the George W. Bush Institute. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Bryan served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige from 2001 to 2003. She also served as a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and worked closely with Laura Bush’s office on education initiatives in Texas and nationwide.

After leaving Washington in 2003, Ms. Bryan served as the volunteer Executive Director of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Ms. Bryan worked as an education advisor to the Texas Governor’s Business Council. Ms. Bryan previously worked as a Psychological Associate in private practice for 12 years and as a public school teacher in Houston, Texas for seven years.

Ms. Bryan received her B.A. from Houston Baptist University in 1969 and her M.Ed. from the University of Houston in 1978. She has served as vice chair of the National Board for Education Sciences.