WestEd is pleased to announce Jacob Moore is the newly elected chair of WestEd’s Board of Directors. Currently the Associate Vice-President of Tribal Relations at Arizona State University (ASU), Moore is a former president and member of the Arizona State Board of Education. He begins his one-year term as Board Chair on July 22, 2021.

At ASU, Moore is in the Office of Government and Community Engagement and is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships between the university and tribal nations and Indigenous communities at the local, regional, national, and global levels. He also works with ASU’s Office of American Indian Initiatives to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of American Indian/Indigenous students and to increase the number of American Indian/Indigenous faculty, staff, and academic programs.

In addition to WestEd’s Board, Moore is currently on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, the ASU Morrison Institute, and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise.

“With his expertise in K–12 American Indian education and his critical role in expanding ASU’s capacity to engage with Tribal Nations and Communities, Jacob brings valuable experience and vision to our Board and to WestEd’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” says WestEd CEO Glen Harvey. “I look forward to working with him over the next year in carrying out WestEd’s mission to achieve equity and improve learning for all students.”

WestEd’s Board of Directors comprises leaders from public and private education, business, and the human services sector. Board members take an active role in agency leadership and strategic planning. Moore is taking over the Board leadership role from Rena Dorph, Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, who served as chair for 2020–21.

“I believe deeply in WestEd’s mission of making a positive difference in the education and development of all learners,” says Moore. “I look forward to offering my expertise and unique perspective in my new role as Board Chair to help guide WestEd as it continues to support equitable and successful outcomes for all students and communities.”

Before his time at ASU, Moore was managing partner of Generation Seven Strategic Partners and also worked as an Economic Development Analyst and Special Assistant on Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Moore also had a 14-year career in banking.

Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an Executive MBA from the Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey College of Business and is Lakota, Dakota, Akimel O’odham, and Tohono O’odham and a citizen of the Tohono O’odham