In June, Kimberlin Butler was appointed Education Pioneer, catalyzing education reform with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. She leads strategy and operations as part of the newly launched Place-Based Initiatives Team (including the Advisory Committee of federal senior political and career leadership), playing an integral role in driving collective impact strategies with education at the core for the Obama Administration. Kimberlin is inspired by the Administration’s “place-based” approach to community revitalization – an approach that recognizes what communities have long known: challenges of underperforming schools, rundown housing, neighborhood violence, and poor health are interconnected and require comprehensive solutions. Kimberlin’s portfolio includes the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives’ Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, ED’s Promise Neighborhoods, HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods, DOJ’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation, and HHS’ Community Health Centers; Promise Zones; the White House Council on Strong Cities Strong Communities; the Ladders of Opportunity Initiative; partnerships with the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative; and Performance Partnership Pilots. She also represents ED in interagency conversations and advises the Office of Strategic Partnerships in opportunities exploring public-private partnerships with philanthropy to help advance the vision of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Most recently, Kimberlin served as a consultant with MDRC, a prominent education and social policy research organization. She advised the executive leadership team and Department of External Affairs to more effectively build knowledge, inform policy and improve practice. Kimberlin has also managed three national funder networks and promoted catalytic philanthropy, inspiring funders to make critical investments in education reform.