- Ivory Toldson
White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
IVORY A. TOLDSON, PhD, is the Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to this role, Dr. Toldson served as an associate professor at Howard University, a senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Negro Education. He was also contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African Americans in his “Show Me the Numbers” column. Dr. Toldson has more than 60 publications, including four books, and more than 150 research presentations in 36 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris, and Barcelona. He has been featured on MSNBC, C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, POTUS on XM Satellite Radio, and numerous local radio stations. His research has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, The National Journal, Essence Magazine, and Ebony Magazine.
- David Johns
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
DAVID JOHNS is Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He is a former elementary school teacher in New York City and 2004 graduate of Columbia University with a triple major in English, creative writing, and African American studies. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sociology and education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education in his current role, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Johns also served under the leadership of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. His research as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow served as a catalyst to identify, disrupt, and supplant negative perceptions of black males, both within academia and society.