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Marshall Smith has been the program director for the Education Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, since 2001. Prior to that, he was acting deputy secretary and undersecretary for education in the Clinton administration. During the Carter administration, he was chief of staff to the secretary for education and assistant commissioner for policy studies in the Office of Education. While not in government, he was at different times an associate professor at Harvard, and a professor at Stanford and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. At Stanford, Marshall was also the dean of the School of Education. He has authored a large number of publications on topics varying from computer content analysis to early childhood education to effective schools and standards-based reform. He is a member of the National Academy of Education.