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A+ Education Partnership


As President of A+ Education Partnership, Mark Dixon is proud to lead a statewide education advocacy nonprofit working to build an Alabama where every child receives a world-class education, regardless of circumstance. In addition to statewide advocacy, A+ works directly in schools across Alabama through its three programs, the Alabama Best Practices Center, A+ College Ready, and the A+ Student VOICES Team.

A+ has been instrumental in the passage and implementation of evidence-based policy that is making a real impact for students, including the Alabama Literacy Act (2019), the first-of-its-kind Alabama Numeracy Act (2022), the Computer Science Education Act (2019), and the School Principal Leadership and Mentoring Act (2023). Meanwhile, its programs provide professional learning to over 2,000 Alabama educators each year.

After earning his BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University, Mark spent five years as education policy advisor and then policy director to former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, where he led the development and implementation of the Governor’s education agenda. With an expressed desire to learn more about nonprofit management, Mark moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue his MBA in Strategic Management and Public Policy from The George Washington University School of Business, during which he held an Education Pioneers Fellowship with Teach for America. Following business school, Mark spent seven years working globally at General Electric (GE). A graduate of GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, Mark helped build a commercial consulting organization and led teams on strategic projects for senior leaders on five continents.

Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the boards of directors of Children’s of Alabama, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Possible, the Business Council of Alabama, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Mark was born and raised in Birmingham and now calls Montgomery home with his wife, Collier.

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