Tell us a little about yourself W. R. (Bob) Saffold is vice president of the Smarter Learning Group, a national education consulting firm that helps community leaders identify solutions and strategies to improve public education. Prior to joining the firm, he served as chief operating officer of National Summer Learning Association in Baltimore, helping lead the organization through its spin-off from Johns Hopkins University and its launch as a fully independent, national nonprofit. During his tenure at the organization prior to its spin-off, he also served as its resource development director and as part of the University’s development office team. Saffold has extensive experience in nonprofit and public sector leadership, including program development and implementation, budgeting, operational planning and management, and strategic planning. He brings substantive expertise in education policy and reform, including expanding learning opportunities for children and youth during out-of-school time. He also brings deep knowledge of organizational development and institutional dynamics, both within and across the public and nonprofit sectors. In addition to his tenure with the National Summer Learning Association, Saffold has served as a public school teacher and district administrator; program officer and CEO of a local education fund; and senior associate with a national education reform nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. from Wofford College, a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in policy development and program evaluation from Vanderbilt University. He has two children: Carson, a freshman at Appalachian State University, and Lelia, an eighth-grader at Leesville Road Middle School in Raleigh, NC. Role in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: Bob provides support for the community solutions assurances of the Campaign. He assists with the work of the Network Communities Support Center, which delivers technical assistance in the areas of school readiness, attendance, and summer learning to 168 communities across the country that are engaged in efforts to move the needle on 3rd grade reading proficiency. He also serves as state lead for the Campaign for South Carolina and Virginia.
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Organization Smarter Learning Group
City and State Raleigh, NC