Mike McShane joins EdChoice as Director of National Research

National K-12 nonprofit also announces two internal promotions

INDIANAPOLIS—EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, today announced that Dr. Michael McShane will join its research and thought leadership team as Director of National Research beginning Nov. 1.

McShane most recently served as Director of Education Policy for the Show Me Institute, a state-based nonprofit in Kansas City, Mo. He previously was a Research Fellow in Education Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

“EdChoice is asking the big questions and digging into the questions around school choice like nowhere else in America right now,” McShane said. “I can’t imagine wanting to work anywhere else.”

McShane holds his Ph.D in Education Policy from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s of Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Notre Dame. He completed his undergraduate studies in English at Saint Louis University and spent three years as a high school English teacher before pursuing his academic career.

McShane is the author or editor of seven books, with three more currently in the production pipeline. He has contributed to popular outlets ranging from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post to National Review. He also has written for education-specific outlets Education Next, Education Week, Teacher’s College Commentary, and Phi Delta Kappan. His academic research has been published in Education Finance and Policy and the Journal of School Choice.

EdChoice also is pleased to announce two internal promotions:

Keri Hunter, Vice President of Training and Outreach: Keri joined EdChoice more than a decade ago and has grown the organization’s team of experts while administering a portfolio of grant programs and executing training conferences across the United States for legislators, parents and other educational choice stakeholders. In her new role, Keri will continue that growth as EdChoice reaches out to inform new audiences about educational opportunity for all.

Michael Chartier, Senior Director of State Relations: Michael has been part of EdChoice’s state engagement team since 2012 and has worked to advance educational choice policies in 18 states. He previously served under Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Michael will head the team that oversees EdChoice’s state-based education, policy and implementation efforts.

EdChoice President and CEO Robert C. Enlow said McShane’s hiring and the internal promotions of Hunter and Chartier reflect exciting growth within the organization and the broader educational choice movement.

“Mike brings a national reputation for outstanding research and thought leadership to a team that already includes incredible talent like Keri and Michael,” Enlow said. “These additions help further cement EdChoice’s guiding role in the national push to bring quality educational opportunities to all families.”


EdChoice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. EdChoice believes that families, not bureaucrats, are best equipped to make K-12 schooling decisions for their children. The organization works at the state level to educate diverse audiences, train advocates and engage policymakers on the benefits of high-quality school choice programs. EdChoice is the intellectual legacy of Milton and Rose D. Friedman, who founded the organization in 1996.