Benjamin Boer has been with Advance Illinois since 2008. He leads Advance Illinois’ policy development including work on teacher quality, standards and assessments, and college and career readiness while working closely with partners and stakeholder organizations across the state.
Ben was voted MVP for the Policy Innovators in Education network of education reform organizations for his role in developing Illinois’ new funding formula. Ben was born in the Netherlands and went to school both there and New Jersey. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Computer Science from Brown University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago. He is married and has two young daughters, both of whom attend a local Chicago public school.