Brian Backstrom

Board Member


Brian Backstrom is the President of Great Schools for All Children and an independent consultant on K-12 education reform issues involving innovation, accountability, and choice. Prior to this, Mr. Backstrom served as President of the Albany-based Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, a privately funded nonprofit policy research organization, that investigated, crafted, and advocated for bold changes in the education landscape such as mayoral control of cities’ public schools, school-choice vouchers and innovative scholarship programs, state and parent takeovers of failing schools, and education tax credits. He is one of the founders and chief architects of New York’s early charter school movement, and is a principal player in some of the unique charter school efforts in that state. Mr. Backstrom is an alumnus of the University of Rochester with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis.