Staff Leadership


Arthur Levine ([email protected]) is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Walter W. Buckley, Jr. Presidential Chair. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson in 2006, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Levine is the author or co-author of 12 books and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. Dr. Levine’s numerous commentaries appear in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Education Week; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His most recent book is Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane Dean, 2012). | Full bio
Beverly Sanford ([email protected]) is Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She also serves as Secretary of the Foundation, a position elected by the Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Woodrow Wilson staff in 2002, Ms. Sanford served first as communications director for the president of the University at Buffalo (SUNY), then as associate director of the UB Regional Institute. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed an M.A. and Ph.D. coursework at the University at Buffalo.


SusanBillmaier_crop Susan Billmaier ([email protected]) serves as program officer for two dissertation fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation: the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. A member of the Woodrow Wilson staff since 2008, she earned her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and has taught in the areas of American politics, women and politics, and traditions of western political theory.  Dr. Billmaier also facilitates workshops on learning styles, personality assessment, and conflict resolution.
Symeon Braxton ([email protected]) is Director of Fellowship Solutions at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he worked for over 14 years in higher education administration, first as Associate Director of Institutional Giving & Sponsored Research at The New School and then as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Braxton also worked in fundraising and communications for Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City and The Franklin Institute Science Museum. He holds a B.A. in English from Penn, an M.A. in media studies from The New School, and a doctoral degree in higher education finance from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.
LeAnnBuntrock_crop LeAnn Buntrock ([email protected]) joined the Woodrow Wilson staff in 2013 as Director of the Woodrow Wilson M.B.A. Fellowship in Education Leadership. She was formerly Executive Director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Buntrock earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond and her Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Virginia. Her background demonstrates her deep commitment to education, ranging from her early years as a teacher in elementary education to several years of advocacy in education and family law.
  Bobbi Mark ([email protected]) joined the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2018 after almost two decades serving in leadership roles as an educational fundraiser in record-breaking capital and annual campaigns at Barnard, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Riverdale Country School, and Yale, her undergraduate alma mater, where she was also the first woman to Chair the Yale Alumni Fund. For her long-time volunteer service to Yale, she was awarded the Yale Medal in 2010. Prior to becoming a professional fundraiser, she worked for several major New York book publishers in prominent editorial and marketing positions, both before and after receiving her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, from which she also received a certificate in Public Management. She lives in Manhattan and Litchfield, CT.
 patrickweb Patrick Riccards ([email protected]) is Chief Communications and Strategy Officer. Patrick began his career on Capitol Hill, where he served in senior communications positions for members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. The former executive director for communications and public affairs at American Institutes for Research, he has also served as executive director of the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative and de facto chief of staff for the National Reading Panel. Pat is widely known on social media for his blog and Twitter feed, @Eduflack, and he has won numerous national awards for his work in education communications and public engagement. Pat holds a B.A. in Government and in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia.
Audra M. Watson ([email protected])is the Director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Dr. Watson earned her Ph.D. in education policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Prior to coming to the foundation in 2010, she worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development programs.


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