Bryan C. Hassel is Co-Director of Public Impact, a national education policy and management consulting organization. With Emily Ayscue Hassel, he co-leads Public Impact’s team in developing and advancing path-breaking ideas for dramatically improving K-12 education and leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations in designing and implementing new approaches with transformative potential.
Dr. Hassel is a recognized expert on teacher and leader policy, charter schools, school turnarounds, and school system governance. A current focus is the national Opportunity Culture initiative, an effort to help states, districts, and schools adopt new models that extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for higher pay, within existing budgets. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week, and numerous other publications; he blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. He is also the author of the Brookings book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise. Prior to his leadership of Public Impact, Dr. Hassel was involved in community economic development via the Center for Community Self-Help, a nonprofit development bank.
Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar.