The skills of amrican workforce

Commission & Staff


Betsy Brown Ruzzi

Deputy Director

Betsy Brown Ruzzi is the Deputy Director of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce at the National Center on Education and the Economy. Ms. Brown Ruzzi managed the Commission’s international benchmarking effort and oversaw the commissioning of over a dozen papers that provided background information to the Commission during its deliberations. Ms. Brown Ruzzi also authored reports on international systems of early childhood education, student testing, teachers, education ministries, and country studies of Finland and India and directed the Commission’s communications and public outreach efforts. Ms. Brown Ruzzi also works with the US Department of Labor as it develops new policy and programming, particularly focused on standards-based curriculum and instruction for young people who have dropped out of school and are participating in alternative education programs. Betsy recently returned to NCEE after serving as Vice President of Touchstones, a company that develops and distributes critical thinking and problem solving curriculum. During her career at the National Center she helped create the National Institute for School Leadership, the National Skill Standards Board, the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the High Skills State Consortium, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, all initiatives to improve the academic performance of our nation’s students and strengthen the skills of our workforce. Prior to joining the National Center, Betsy worked on Capitol Hill.