Mary Ann Bates has been tapped as the first director of California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System, according to a press release from the Office of Gov. Newsom.
“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our public leaders, community partners and data experts, California is now poised to launch a transformative system that will enable us to both learn more about how – and do more – to serve students and families in an equitable way,” said Governor Newsom. “Mary Ann has spent her entire career laser-focused on closing the equity gap and is the perfect choice to lead this effort.”
Before her appointment as Cradle-to-Career Director, Bates served as a senior fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget. She has also served as the Executive Director of the North America Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and launched the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative, another data-focused venture.
Bates’ appointment as director follows a string of moves that took place in November.
Last month, Lande Ajose, Catalina Cifuentes, Gavin Payne, and Robert Tagorda were all appointed to a Cradle-to-Career Data System Governing Board.
GovOps launched the Cradle-to-Career Data System earlier in 2021 following the passage of AB 132, creating a comprehensive program in which policymakers and other interested parties such as educators and parents can keep tabs on student progression and employment outcomes within the state.
In early 2021, the Legislative Analyst’s Office noted that the data system should seek to answer questions regarding the efficacy of various education programs and how they correlate to student success from early education to employment.