Richard Wenning serves as executive director of BeFoundation, a family foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the education of underserved children in Connecticut and the vitality of their communities. He is delighted to be back in his home state of Connecticut after a long absence. Richard also directs SpreadMusicNow, a fund that supports music education for underserved youth, helping to shape their futures and build lifelong success. He is also an SVP- Connecticut partner and board member.
A national expert on education policy design and implementation, Richard has worked with federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofits for more than 25 years. Richard served until June 2011 as the Associate Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education and led its Office of Performance and Policy. At CDE, he led the design and implementation of Colorado’s nationally recognized education accountability system, including the SchoolView® data system and Colorado Growth Model. Before joining CDE, Richard was Vice President for Quality & Accountability at the Colorado League of Charter Schools. He also served as an Executive on Loan to the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, where he focused on strengthening the district’s performance management practices.
Prior to moving to Colorado from Washington, DC, Richard was President of the Education Performance Network, an affiliate of New American Schools, where he led a consulting practice focused on education accountability and new school development. Previously, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO of the DC Public Schools during the school district’s takeover by the congressionally appointed D.C. Control Board. While at DCPS, he headed its offices of intergovernmental affairs and education accountability and led implementation of charter school legislation enacted by Congress, which he helped craft. Before working with the D.C. Public Schools, Richard served as Clerk for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the District of Columbia and as a staff member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.