Allison Armour-Garb

Senior Fellow, The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc.

Allison Armour-Garb is a public policy expert whose work on college- and career-readiness dates to 1998, when she was tapped to staff Mayor Giuliani’s task force on the remedial education epidemic at CUNY. In 2007, as Director of Education Studies at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Ms. Armour-Garb organized a symposium that attracted top experts to discuss how states could collaborate to strengthen education standards. In 2008, she was an invited participant in a prestigious National Research Council workshop series on state standards in education.

Ms. Armour-Garb currently serves as a reviewer for a study comparing implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the U.S. with that of a new national curriculum in Australia. Most recently, as Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness Policy and Programs at the New York State Education Department, Ms. Armour-Garb coordinated implementation of the Board of Regents’ policy reforms in the areas of teaching and school leadership, including the development of new teacher certification exams aligned with the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards.

Co-author of “New York State Education Policy and Politics” in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics and a licensed attorney, Ms. Armour-Garb holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, a J.D. from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University. Her husband is a professor at UAlbany and their two children attend public school in the Capital Region.