Shirley Brandman

As executive director of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, Shirley Brandman leads the Commission’s work to promote the integration of social, emotional, and academic development as essential to K-12 education. Previously, Brandman served eight years as a member and president of the school board in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she was responsible for overseeing policy development focused on equity and excellence for a hugely diverse student body. During her tenure, the board and Superintendent tackled issues of how to implement social and emotional learning as a core competency. Ms. Brandman began her career as an attorney representing children and youth in abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency cases and later became a special education teacher. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale University and earned her master’s degree in special education from American University.