CAST Appoints Lindsay Jones as new Chief Executive Officer
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
CAST, the nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL Guidelines, today announced the appointment of Lindsay Jones as Chief Executive Officer, effective March, 2022.
“We are delighted to welcome Lindsay Jones to CAST,” says Sheldon H. Berman, Chair of the Board of Directors. “With her significant experience in nonprofit leadership, a lifelong passion for students with disabilities, a steadfast commitment to equity and access, and her deep knowledge of education policy and law, Lindsay is an ideal choice to lead CAST into its next phase of innovation as we look to further scale Universal Design for Learning.”
With more than 20 years of experience in education policy and legal advocacy, Lindsay comes to CAST from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), a nonprofit organization that promotes innovation, research, and advocacy to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 with learning disabilities and attention issues. She was named President and CEO of NCLD in 2018, after serving more than five years as Vice President, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer.
“CAST is an inspirational and innovative organization, revolutionizing learning design around the world. I’m excited to join CAST at this critical time,” says Lindsay Jones. “In the wake of societal shifts over the last two years, we aren’t going back to old models, and we shouldn’t. Our work to remove barriers to learning and build a better future for all has never been more urgent.”
Lindsay began her career as an attorney, advising and representing schools and parents in special education matters. She later served as the senior director for policy and advocacy at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) before joining NCLD.
Recognized for her expertise in education and disability policy, she currently serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Science of Learning and Development Alliance, the Special Olympics National Education Leadership Network,and the Senior Advisory Committee of the Progress Center, a project that improves outcomes for students with disabilities, funded by OSEP and housed at the American Institutes of Research. She is a regular presenter at conferences across the nation and often appears in print and on air, including The Washington Post, US News and World Report, NPR, Education Week, and the National Journal.
Founded in 1984, nonprofit CAST’s mission is to transform education design and practice “until learning has no limits.”™ Our primary levers of change are the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and the UDL Guidelines. Winner of the Smithsonian Innovation in Education award and many other honors, CAST conducts research and development, provides technical assistance and professional development, and publishes exceptional media for the education market.