Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds is vice president of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) where she guides a team of policy experts in the areas of Quality, Opportunity and Innovation to effectively provide customized support for state policymakers, reformers, educators, parents and communities to cultivate policy conditions that advance student-centered education systems.

Prior to joining ExcelinEd, Ms. Reynolds served as chief deputy commissioner for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) where she oversaw the day-to day operations of the agency and collaborated with education stakeholders in the development, implementation and delivery of education programs and initiatives throughout the state of Texas.

Under President George W. Bush’s Administration, Ms. Reynolds served as special assistant in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs under Secretary Rod Paige and as the Region VI representative for Secretary Margaret Spellings. Her career reflects deep experience in education policy development and implementation as well as the “how-to” of legislative work needed to advance education reforms. Lizzette is chair of both KnowledgeWorks and IDEA Florida. She also serves on the boards of Generation Citizen and the Excel Center for Adults Charter School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwestern University where she sits on its Board of Visitors.