Dr. Laurie Olsen

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Laurie Olsen’s career spans more than four decades as a researcher, writer, advocate and provider of technical assistance and professional development on powerful programs for English Learners, preschool through community college. For 23 years, she led California Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization committed to California’s future as a culturally and linguistically diverse state. Dr. Olsen designed and directed a successful demonstration project in immigrant education in high schools in two California districts, and served as chief consultant to The PROMISE Initiative, focused on transformative education for English Learners in southern California. Dr. Olsen has published dozens of books, videos, articles and reports on educational equity, and has consulted with hundreds of schools and districts throughout the nation. She has a Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education from UC Berkeley.