DFER works to elect and support Democratic leaders who are committed to our vision for a public education system that empowers all of its students—particularly students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and other historically underserved students—to reach their limitless potential.
We, along with our affiliate organization Education Reform Now, conduct policy research and develop the innovative and bold policies that can transform the public education system. We lobby and lead campaigns to pass federal and state legislation that will advance our policy goals of increasing accountability and public school choice, improving resource equity, teacher preparedness, and making higher education more affordable for everyone.
180DFER Champions at the Federal, State and Local levels
93Candidates Directly Supported in ’20 & ’21 Cycles
We fight for better public education opportunities for all students in Washington D.C. and in seven states across the country. Select a chapter below to learn more about each state chapter and their recent work on behalf of their state’s students and families.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief of Staff and State Operations
Chief Program Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of K-12 Policy
National Director of Communications
National Development Director
National Director – Leaders of Color
Deputy Chief of State Operations
National Political Director
National Deputy Development Director
Deputy Director of Operations – Leaders of Color