Leadership Team

The Leadership Team meets regularly to discuss issues and make decisions related to the overall operation of the Council. They are responsible for establishing and monitoring the strategic goals of the organization; creating or improving Council processes; determining future needs and directions of the Council; and providing guidance and overall leadership to Council staff.

CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich

Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive DirectorChris Minnich assumed his role as Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in December, 2012. Chris has worked at CCSSO since 2008, when he was hired to direct the Council's standards program-the work that would later become the Common Core State Standards (Common Core). In 2009 he assumed the role of Strategic Initiative Director of Standards, Assessment and Accountability, where he led the development and adoption of the Common Core in 45 states. In 2010, Minnich became the Senior Membership Director, where he has served as the lead contact for all 57 of CCSSO's members. In the last two years, Minnich has led the Council's advocacy and communications teams in rallying states to collaboratively reform their standards and accountability systems. His efforts have been invaluable in advancing the national implementation of the Common Core, and cultivating essential cooperation between states and the federal government to improve education for all students.

Minnich has an extensive background in assessment and accountability work. From 2005-2008, he held multiple positions at Harcourt (now Pearson), all focused on the advancement and improvement of assessments. Minnich led the development and deployment of a teacher-centered online portal focused on assessment education.

As the Director of Test Design and Implementation at the Oregon Department of Education from 2003-2005, Minnich led the statewide, online assessment implementation for the Oregon Department of Education

Minnich holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Minnich lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Whitney and his son Carson.


Leadership Team

Bruce Buterbaugh, Chief Financial Officer
Melissa McGrath, Director of Communications
Michael DiMaggio, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Melissa Zack Johnston, Deputy Executive Director
Carissa Moffat Miller, Deputy Executive Director
Scott Norton, Strategic Initiative Director for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
Stephen Bowen, Strategic Initiative Director for Innovation
Tressa Oliver, Director of Human Resources
Mary-Dean Barringer, Interim Strategic Initiative Director, Education Workforce