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Christopher Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, LLC, an education policy consulting firm. From 1994 to 2002, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education (CBE). Before joining CBE, Cross served as director of the Education Initiative of The Business Roundtable and as assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1994 to 1997, he chaired the Maryland State Board of Education. Christopher chaired the National Research Council Panel on Minority Representation in Special Education from 1997 to 2002. He currently chairs a NRC panel on Early Childhood Mathematics. He is on the board of trustees of Whittier College and serves on the board of The New Teacher Project and EdSource.