Staff

Executive Director - Michael A. Rebell
Policy Director - Jessica Wolff
Policy Associate - Susanna Hamilton

Michael A. Rebell

Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and scholar in the field of education law. He is the executive director of the National Access Network and of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is also Professor of Law and Educational Practice. Rebell is also a member of the national Equity and Excellence Commission that is preparing a report that will be presented to the Secretary of Education and the Congress.

Previously, Mr. Rebell was the co-founder, executive director and counsel for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and co-counsel for plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York.  Mr. Rebell is the author or co-author of five books, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education.  Among his most recent works are Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts (U. Chicago Press, 2009); Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity (Teachers College Press, 2008) (with Jessica R. Wolff), The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil Rts-Civil Lib. L. Rev. ( forthcoming, 2012), and Professional Rigor, Public Engagement and Judicial Review: A Proposal For Enhancing The Validity of Education Adequacy Studies, 109 TCHRS C.REC. 1303 (2007).

In addition to his research and litigation activities, Mr. Rebell is a frequent lecturer and consultant on education law. He is also currently adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and previously was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and for many years, a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School.  Mr. Rebell is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Jessica Wolff

Jessica R. Wolff is the policy director of the [National Education Access Network and the] Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, and conducts policy research in educational adequacy and accountability and comprehensive approaches to educational opportunity. She directs the campaign’s Comprehensive Educational Opportunity Project, which includes a national policy development initiative, a statewide task force, and a curriculum development project.

Ms. Wolff is co-author with Michael A. Rebell of Moving Every Child Ahead: Beyond NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity (Teachers College Press, 2008) and co-editor (with Michael A. Rebell) of NCLB at the Crossroads: Reexamining Federal Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap (Teachers College Press, 2009), as well as author or coauthor of numerous articles and reports.

Ms. Wolff has long been involved in public education as an advocate, writer, educator, and active public school parent. From 2000-2005, she served as director of policy development of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), where she played a critical role in bringing the public voice into policy development. Her work with the Sound Basic Education Task Force on Accountability helped guide recent school funding legislation in New York State. Among other works, she is author of the series, In Evidence: Policy Reports from the CFE Trial. Prior to CFE, she wrote widely on public school issues for the Public Education Association and, for many years, authored a monthly column on public education for the award-winning online news journal Gotham Gazette.

Gilana Keller

Gilana Keller is the Policy Associate at Access. She graduated from Barnard College in 2013 with a B.A. in History. Gilana previously interned for the Campaign through the Yale Law School Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship. She has also conducted research for a history professor at Columbia University for a future publication. Gilana volunteered for several school semesters as a GED and public school tutor in Morningside Heights.