Jim Cowen

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Collaborative for Student Success

Alexandria, Virginia

Jim Cowen is the executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising educational standards as an important next step in ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed at college level work.

Jim has more than 20 years of experience in outreach and marketing, media relations and strategic communications, coupled with knowledge of the Homeland Security, government exercises and U.S. defense landscape. He has led a range of outreach efforts for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim served 10 years of active duty as an officer in the United States Navy where his assignments included deputy public affairs officer for the chief of naval operations and congressional director for the secretary of the navy. Prior to these assignments, he was fire control officer onboard the guided missile destroyer USS STOUT (DDG 55).

Jim is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of Oxford University’s international management graduate business program.

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State Education Plans Should Be More Than Technical Exercises

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was a big win for states—shifting much of the authority for public education vision…

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A Matter of National Security: Improving K-12 Education for Military Families

The U.S. Army is deeply concerned about K-12 education standards. If U.S. soldiers are left with no other option than…

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