Dr. Val Brown (she/her) joined the Carnegie Foundation in 2022 as the Director of the Future of Learning. Val, an expert facilitator and partnership specialist, works closely with partners to catalyze transformation specifically around the development of post Carnegie-unit ecosystems. Her goals are to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who have access to student-centered and competency-based teaching and learning, and improve student engagement, belonging and attainment for all young people. Since beginning her tenure at Carnegie, Val has supported strategic objectives of the Carnegie and XQ Institute partnership and established the Carnegie Educator Advisory Panel. Over the past decade, Dr. Brown has facilitated conversations, harnessed the power of media, and led engaging presentations with thousands of educators across the country to advance the national conversation about the power of equity in education. Dr. Brown serves as co-host of the Integrated Schools podcast and is a columnist for the Learning Professional journal. Her career in education began 20 years ago and includes experiences as a teacher, central office administrator, and leader in higher education institutions and education non-profits. Val is an avid walker, independent bookstore enthusiast, enjoys Broadway musicals and is passionate about building community across differences.