Alice Johnson Cain charts the policy and advocacy agenda for Teach Plus, establishing annual goals for the organization and working closely with Teach Plus staff and teachers to ensure that their advocacy yields tangible victories for students. Alice leads policy workshops for teachers across the country, connects teachers with leading policymakers, and builds effective partnerships between Teach Plus and other organizations that are also working on behalf of students.
Alice brings 25 years of policy and advocacy experience to Teach Plus. She joined the organization in 2011, after six years as Congressman George Miller's chief advisor for K-12 policy. During that time, she helped develop and secure passage of Race to the Top, the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), and the RENEWAAL Act to assist Gulf Coast schools after Hurricane Katrina. She led efforts to enact the Teacher Excellence for All Children (TEACH) Act of 2005 and the 2006 effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Alice served on the education committee that advised then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, spent five years working for Senator Paul Simon on the HELP Committee, and served in the Clinton Administration for five years. Her advocacy work includes leading the Children's Defense Fund's national grassroots advocacy program, leading Hope Street's Group's initiative to engage teachers in Race to the Top implementation, and leading the National Institute for Literacy's successful campaign to double federal funding for literacy. Alice previously taught GED classes to low-income and homeless adults in Washington, DC.
Alice earned a BA with honors in political science from Gettysburg College, and was set to complete an MA in policy management from Georgetown University when she was recruited by Representative Miller's office. Alice lives with her husband and two sons in Maryland.