Veronica Tate, MEd, is a senior advisor for the Region 1 and Region 9 Comprehensive Centers and a managing director at the American Institutes for Research. In her role with the comprehensive centers, she helps shape technical assistance delivery, supports effective collaboration between the centers and other federally funded centers and external partners, and provides quality assurance supervision.
Tate formerly served as president and chief executive officer of Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, a nonprofit education service organization focused on increasing college and career readiness, especially for underserved students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She provided strategic direction and coordinated partnerships among district, business, and industry partners; higher education; and other education organizations to pilot evidence-based solutions to systemic challenges impacting postsecondary success. In this role, she served as codirector for two U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation research and development projects serving school districts in rural areas.
In her previous role as director of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Programs at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Tate directed a team of content and policy experts in delivering high-quality professional development and technical assistance to meet district needs related to the ESEA implementation. While at VDOE, she served as president of the National Title I Association (now the National Association of ESEA Program Administrators), as a VDOE liaison to the Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and as an agency expert on emerging federal education policy and program trends. Tate coordinated across offices to create and implement Virginia’s statewide accountability system, including the development of annual measurable objectives and strategies to support low-performing schools. She led the coordination of agencywide efforts for all ESEA-related processes and reports, including the Consolidated State Performance Report, Title II-A Equitable Access to Excellent Educators state plan, Title III Accountability Plan for English learner performance, School Improvement Grants, and federal program monitoring. Tate earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia.