Eric Hirsch is the Chief External Affairs Officer at the New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders.He oversees the organization’s external affairs including policy, communication and the organization’s Teaching and Learning Conditions Initiative.

Eric’s areas of expertise include better understanding and improving teaching and learning conditions, recruiting and retaining teachers and improving teaching effectiveness policies. He has worked with and testified to legislatures and policymakers in more than 30 states, and has written extensively and presented at conferences across the country on issues of teaching quality, teaching and learning conditions and leadership. He worked with policymakers in at least 15 states to survey more than 1,000,000 educators from over 20,000 schools and to provide data that supports improvements in teaching conditions and sound educational policymaking.

Prior to joining New Teacher Center, Eric served as Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Quality, Executive Director of the Colorado-focused Alliance for Quality Teaching and as Education Program Manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Heserved as an advisor to the Education Commission of the States on pay for performance, sat on the advisory board for the National Governors Association on Teacher Recruitment Project and isNorth Carolina Association of Educators’2011 Friend of Education Award winner.