Leading the Cross & Joftus team are the four partners: Christopher T. Cross, Scott Joftus, Sharon Deich, and Jean-Claude Brizard.

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Christopher T. Cross is a former Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education and former president of the Maryland State Board of Education. He works with clients such as the Aspen Institute, California Department of Education, and Education Commission of the States to disseminate promising practices and connect policymaking to critical research. Chris is a noted author and expert on the federal role in education and serves on numerous high-profile advisory boards. (email: Read more

our peopleScott Joftus is very familiar with the workings of state education agencies and local school districts from his many years in the education field as a teacher, the director of an education policy firm, a head of an education policy consulting group, and the leader of an education advocacy organization. He is also a well-seasoned evaluator of education programs, having conducted numerous evaluations for states and districts. Scott is now putting that experience to good use with the national rollout of The Learning Network, a new approach to school system improvement, and as the senior strategic advisor and technical assistance provider of the Race to the Top Technical Assistance Network a $43 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support bold reforms and dramatic improvements in student achievement in states across the country. (email: Read more

our peopleSharon Deich’s talents lie in helping clients such as federal and state agencies, state and city officials, and foundation initiative leaders think strategically about how to better organize their resources to support change. She also brings considerable expertise in school finance and after-school programming. Sharon’s many years of working for the Urban Institute, American Institutes for Research, and The Finance Project have afforded her a unique ability to find practical solutions grounded in research. (email: Read more

our peopleJean-Claude Brizard brings extensive experience as the district leader for Chicago Public Schools and Rochester City School District and as an educator and administrator in the New York City Department of Education to lead both the firm’s school and district transformation work and its CTE and workforce development practice area.(email: Read more


Cross & Joftus has extraordinary access to the best minds in education today through its large pool of associates. These individuals are authorities in school system management and governance, youth engagement, special education and the Response to Intervention approach, school dropout prevention, school technology use, student and teacher assessment, teacher preparation and certification, early childhood care and education, program evaluation, and more.