Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that Jared C. Bass will serve as the organization’s next senior vice president for Education. In this role, Bass will lead CAP’s work in Higher Education, K-12 education, and Early Childhood Policy, with a cradle-to-career focus and an understanding that the most effective learning and outcomes occur in safe, equitably funded, and inclusive schools and communities.
“There’s no question that the ongoing attack on our education system is really at its core an attack on multiracial democracy,” said Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO at the Center for American Progress. “In this crucial moment, I can think of no better person to lead CAP’s education policy work than Jared. He has devoted his professional life to ensuring that all students have a chance to thrive, and he has an accomplished career at every level of government – working to create inclusive public policy. Under Jared’s leadership, CAP will be poised to do our part to protect this vital pillar in our democracy.”
Prior to this role, Bass was the acting senior vice president for Education and the senior director for Higher Education Policy at CAP. Before coming to CAP, he was a professional staff member on the House Appropriations Committee, where he helped shape COVID-19 relief legislation.
He has also served as a senior policy adviser within the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education and the lead higher education staffer on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Democratic staff.
Bass has also shaped policy at the state and local levels of American government. He worked as a research fellow in the Office of the Philadelphia City Council president and served as a legislative fellow in the Delaware House of Representatives. Bass attended the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he was a Rubin-Presser Public Interest Scholar. He holds a master’s degree from the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware, where he was awarded the Outstanding Master’s Student Award and the Pauline E. Loessner Memorial Award. Bass received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern University.
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