Gerard Robinson is executive director of the Center For Advancing Opportunity (CAO), a research and education initiative created by a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries. Prior to CAO, Mr. Robinson worked as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, he served as vice president of partnerships at UniversityNow, a social venture based in San Francisco that expands access to higher education. Previously, he served as Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida and Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Robinson co-edited the book Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice and authored a law review article titled “The Federal Role in Education: Encouragement as a Guiding Philosophy for the Advancement of Learning in America.” He is currently co-editing the book Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons. Mr. Robinson serves as a trustee at Patten University. Mr. Robinson earned an associate degree from El Camino Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a master’s degree from Harvard University.