Shannon Gilkey


Shannon Gilkey joined Education Strategy Group in 2014. He leads the K-12/higher education alignment portfolio, which includes Higher Ed for Higher Standards, a coalition of postsecondary leaders committed to supporting the implementation of rigorous K-12 standards.

Prior to joining ESG, Gilkey served as a Senior Associate for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), where he helped lead KY’s P-20 alignment efforts as well as Kentucky’s efforts to reshape teacher preparation and developmental education programs. Prior to joining CPE, Shannon served as a director of undergraduate administration at New York University and Interim Director of Advising and Learning Development. Shannon began his career in education as a high school teacher in Louisville, Kentucky.

Shannon, a graduate of the Kentucky public school system, is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University (EdM, Postsecondary Education), The University of Oxford (MSc – International Higher Education), and Murray State University (BSN Agriculture Science & Education).

Why are you in this work?

I grew up in Western Kentucky where a lot of folks believe that if the primary economic engine (coal-mining) collapses, they are left with few options to provide for themselves and their family. Options through increased opportunity should not be reserved for those that are fortunate enough to attend our best public and private K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions. It should be afforded to every American household, and I committed to making that happen.

Why ESG?

I am deeply committed to ESG’s mission. I believe that with better alignment of systems, we can provide youth and adults more options and opportunities for long-term success.

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