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, Kristan 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. Kristan founded a successful public policy firm, representing corporate and nonprofit clients in the fields of telecommunications, information and education prior to joining NIET. Kristan graduated from Dartmouth College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.