Chief of Policy, Planning & External Affairs
As Chief of Policy, Planning & External Affairs, Lindsay Sobel (she/her) manages Teach Plus’s policy, research, and development functions, promotes the organizational expansion efforts, and contributes to the development and implementation of our organizational vision and strategy.
In 2021-22, Lindsay served as Interim CEO of Teach Plus. As Vice President of Policy & External Affairs, she expanded Teach Plus’s policy and partnerships work at the federal level and deepened regional impact, expanding the organization’s work to 12 states. Lindsay founded Teach Plus Texas in 2016 and served as its Senior Executive Director. Under Lindsay’s leadership, Teach Plus Texas helped secure an historic overhaul of the state’s school finance system, significant legislation advancing student mental health, and improvements to teacher leadership, preparation, and mentoring.
Lindsay served as founding Director of the Teach Plus Network and Massachusetts Executive Director, where she supported teacher leaders in advancing college and career-ready standards, pedagogy, and assessments. She also played a key role in Teach Plus’s expansion to Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. At Teach Plus, Lindsay has provided thousands of teachers with opportunities to make an impact on behalf of the most underserved students.
Prior to joining Teach Plus, Lindsay launched the Science and Technology Initiative and served as the 8th Grade Academy Program Manager at Citizen Schools, an organization focused on expanding the learning day for low-income middle school students. Lindsay started her career as a political journalist, helping to launch Slate Magazine and covering Congress for The Hill newspaper. She has also served as an adjunct journalism professor at Emerson College.
Lindsay holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and younger daughter, who attends a Texas public school. Her older daughter is in college.