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Rebecca Gau

Executive Director

Rebecca Gau has an extensive background in education policy, research and data analysis, which began in 1993 as an intern on Capitol Hill. In the decades since then, she has established herself as a national leader in education performance management and continuous improvement.

Prior to her role at Stand for Children, Ms. Gau served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation where she launched and led state efforts to implement the Governor Jan Brewer’s Education Reform Plan - Arizona Ready. She worked with Governor Brewer’s Arizona Ready Education Council (previously named the P-20 Education Council) to drive collaboration and continuous improvement at all levels of the education pipeline, while respecting local control. Her research has been published in journals, textbooks and newspapers.

She has served on several state-level committees, including the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Task Force and the State-Wide Longitudinal Data System Task Force, and is on the Board of the Arizona Alternative Education Consortium (AZ AEC) which she helped establish.

Ms. Gau received her Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University, and wrote her Thesis on the topic of charter schools. She has two “’tween” sons and is married to Eric Hilkman.



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