Friday, February 1, 2013

Daniel Leeds of Alliance for Excellent Education to Receive The NEA Foundation Award for Philanthropy in Public Education

Washington, DC (January 28, 2013) – Daniel Leeds, Co-founder and Board Chair of the Alliance for Excellent Education and founder of the Education Funder Strategy Group, will receive the NEA Foundation’s Award for Philanthropy in Public Education at this year’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.  One of public education’s most prestigious honors, the award will recognize Leeds for his extraordinary commitment to informing and transforming public education policy at the national level. 


The NEA Foundation presents this award to individuals, foundations, and corporations of stature in recognition of their significant and demonstrated financial commitment to improving public education or supporting public schools, students, and educators.


"We’re paying tribute to Daniel Leeds for his demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of a federal public education policy agenda that supports effective high school reforms,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “Since he helped found the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2001, Dan has been at the forefront of their work to make quality public education for all students a national priority.  Their focus on the six million American students who are most at-risk of dropping out of high school addresses a critical problem in our nation’s schools.” 


“Daniel Leeds’ policy advocacy is enhanced by his leadership in forging collaborations with public education funders and his entire family’s commitment to improving public education,” said Mark Chichester, Chairman of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors. “In addition to the Alliance and the Education Funders Strategy Group, Leeds and his extended family, the Leeds and Jobin-Leeds, have launched, funded, and advocated on behalf of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement and other organizations with similar goals.”


“I am humbled and honored to receive this award from the NEA Foundation. My advocacy for education is a reflection of my family’s philanthropic values and leadership,” said Leeds. “Certainly our democracy and economy are powered by a strong public education system. Our teachers are building the future of our nation and we all share responsibility for their success in whatever way we can help as citizens and voters, taxpayers and charitable givers. We know that every penny of investment in teaching and learning is returned a hundred-fold in the quality of our society, security, enterprise, and happiness as a people.”


Leeds also serves as President of Fulcrum Investments LLC, a private investment firm. Until the sale of CMP Media in 1999, he was President of International Publishing and a member of the Office of the President. CMP, a leading media company, published titles such as Information Week, Computer Reseller News and Electronic Engineering Times. The company was cited as “One of the Best Companies to Work for” by Fortune and Working Women magazines.


Leeds will be honored along with 38 recipients of the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. This year, the NEA Foundation will also present First Book, a DC-based literacy non-profit organization, with The Security Benefits Corporation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education.  Kevin Eubanks, a musician, composer, former music director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and like his mom, a music teacher, will host the evening’s event.


The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards with support from NEA Member Benefits, the Horace Mann Companies, the Pearson Foundation, California Casualty, and Promethean.

About the Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information, visit

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About The NEA Foundation
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