Elizabeth Purvis is senior program director of the Education and Character Program at the Kern Family Foundation. She joined the foundation in fall 2017. Ms. Purvis brought to the foundation nearly 30 years of expertise in educating and developing the whole child. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Purvis served as the Secretary of Education for the State of Illinois. While serving in this capacity, she was chair of several governor-appointed councils focused on advocating for cohesive education opportunities for every child. Ms. Purvis earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.