The Honorable Alice Cain is the Executive Vice President at Teach Plus, and a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly.
During Maryland’s annual 90-day legislative session, Alice works to advance educational equity in Maryland through her role on the Education Subcommittee and Ways and Means Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Since 2011, Alice has led Teach Plus’ efforts to improve education policy in 10 states and at the federal level and to build strategic alliances between Teach Plus and other organizations seeking to improve opportunities and outcomes for underserved students. She supports teacher leaders across the country in order to ensure that their advocacy yields tangible victories for students.
Alice brings 30 years of education policy experience to Teach Plus. She worked for Congress for 12 years, including six years as the lead staffer for K-12 policy development for the Education and Labor Committee under Chairman George Miller. In that role, Alice was instrumental in dramatically expanding public investment in public schools, in bringing proven innovative education practices to scale, in ensuring all students have access to outstanding teaching, and in ensuring that teachers have the supports they need to succeed in the classroom.
Alice served on the committee of national education experts that advised Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign as well as a similar committee that advised Secretary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Other roles include working at the Children's Defense Fund, the National Institute for Literacy, and for Senator Paul Simon. Alice previously taught GED classes to low-income and homeless adults in Washington, DC and spent many years as a literacy tutor for adults.
At Teach Plus, Alice focuses on bringing solutions-oriented teachers into the national policy conversation. In 2015, she brought Teach Plus teachers to the White House to discuss testing with President Obama, and connected many teachers with opportunities to share their expertise with Secretary John King and Secretary Arne Duncan. Alice has secured many invitations from Democratic and Republican lawmakers for Teach Plus teachers to testify before the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and has brought top policymakers to speak at Teach Plus forums. Alice has published numerous op-eds, articles, and reports on education policy, including a report published by Fulbright New Zealand with policy recommendations later adopted by the New Zealand government. Alice was a Senior Congressional Staff Fellow with the Aspen Institute, and has served as peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Bellwether Partners, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Her speeches and panels include: American Educational Research Association, Aspen Institute, Center for American Progress, Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Trust, Fordham Institute, National Education Association, National Governors' Association, and the Policy Innovators in Education Network.
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 Chairman Miller's office. Alice lives with her husband and two sons in Annapolis, Maryland.