Don Ernst is instructor of education policy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He teaches an elective course on education policy and serves as an advisor on student field service projects. He also currently serves as coordinator of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Central Arkansas Library System.
Ernst has extensive experience in both the government and nonprofit sectors. He recently served as director of education policy in the office of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and previously served as a senior consultant to the Coalition of Essential Schools, a network of reform minded high schools in Oakland, Calif.
A former teacher, Ernst has also worked on education initiatives with the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Alexandra, Va., and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform in Providence, R.I. He served in the policy offices of former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh and former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.