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Betsy Brand

American Youth Policy Forum
Executive Director
Betsy Brand is the Executive Director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and has been with AYPF since 1998.  AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC that educates and informs policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on
education, workforce, and youth issues at the national, state, and local levels. Ms. Brand is a nationally known education and youth policy expert who has advocated for holistic, developmental approaches to help youth be lifelong learners, hold a family-wage career, and be civically engaged. She has specific expertise in the areas of high school reform, youth development, youth employment, dropout prevention and recovery, afterschool and expanded learning, and career and technical education.

Ms. Brand started her career in education policy on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and subsequently served on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, where she worked on education and workforce legislation.  From 1989-1993, Ms. Brand served as Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.  From 1993-1998, Ms. Brand operated her own consulting firm, Workforce Futures, Inc., focusing on policy and best practices affecting education, workforce preparation, and youth development.