Don Soifer is President of Nevada Action for School Options, a nonpartisan “action tank” he founded in 2017.
Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Arlington, VA that he cofounded in 1998. Soifer directed the institute’s education and other domestic-policy research programs. He also created and ran the Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellowship, the nation’s first national fellowship for school district leaders supporting personalized learning with technical partners Education Elements.
He is also a fellow with the Aspen-Pahara Institute Education Fellowship.
Soifer’s research has been published and discussed in many of the nation’s most influential news publications and journals, and cited by policy decisionmakers at all levels of government, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
He has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, in official hearings of various federal and state agencies and legislatures, and appears regularly on television and radio programs around the country.
As Vice Chair of the District of Columbia’s Public Charter School Board and a board member since 2008, he has been widely regarded as a driving force behind building the nation’s most effective charter school authorizers. He was appointed by three mayors and confirmed by the DC Council to an unprecedented third term. The DCPCSB board is responsible for the oversight of 118 campuses serving approximately 47,000 students, or just under half of the District’s students.