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Kristan Van Hook

Chief Policy Officer

As chief policy officer at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness. Kristan leads NIET's work on education policy and initiatives at the federal, state and district level designed to support innovation and reform in teacher support, career development, evaluation and compensation. With 25 years of experience in public policy, Van Hook previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, and then served as director of congressional affairs for the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Van Hook founded a successful public policy firm, representing corporate and nonprofit clients in the fields of telecommunications, information and education prior to joining NIET. Van Hook graduated from Dartmouth College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.