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Robert C. Enlow

Robert C. Enlow

President and CEO

rcenlow@edchoice.org

Robert C. Enlow is the president and CEO of EdChoice.

Before the establishment of EdChoice in 2016, he was an integral part of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice since its founding in 1996. Robert served as fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president and executive director prior to being named president and CEO of the Foundation in 2009.

Under his leadership, the Friedman Foundation—now EdChoice—has become one of the nation’s most respected and successful advocates for educational choice, working in dozens of states to advance its vision by disseminating research, sponsoring seminars, undertaking advertising campaigns, organizing community leaders, and more.

Robert is the co-editor of “Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty,” author of “Grading Vouchers: Ranking America’s School Choice Programs,” and co-author of “School Choice: A Reform that Works” and a chapter in “An Education Agenda: Let Parents Choose Their Children’s School.” His opinions have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Arizona Republic, National Review, and USA Today.

Prior to joining the Friedman Foundation, Robert lived and worked in England where he served as a deputy day center manager and social worker for St. Botolph’s Project, an organization providing rehabilitative care and services to homeless men, women and families. While in England, he also served on the school board of two inner-city schools in London—Hillmead Infants and Juniors School—where he chaired the finance committee and served on the building and curriculum committees. During his tenure, the success of the schools was nationally recognized in an inspection by Her Majesty’s Office of Standards in Education Department (OFSTED).

From 1990–1992, Robert attended Oxford University through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies where he worked on a post-graduate degree in theology. He received his bachelor’s from Seattle Pacific University.

Robert has served as private sector chairman of the Education Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that also recognized him as the Private Sector Member of the Year. He is also a board member of School Choice Ohio, Hoosiers for Quality Education, Carpe Diem Indiana and the Economic Club of Indiana and serves on the Indiana State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Robert lives in Indianapolis and has two children, Jefferson and Charles.

 

Favorite Teacher/Class

Russell Witherspoon, English Literature

 

Favorite Quote

The tragedy, and irony, is that a system dedicated to enabling all children to acquire a common language and the values of U.S. citizenship, to giving all children equal educational opportunity, should in practice exacerbate the stratification of society and provide highly unequal educational opportunity.

– Milton Friedman

 

High School Mascot

Shrikes

 

Favorite Pastime

Golf

 

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

When I grew up I was lucky enough to have so many opportunities, and as I got older I got angry that the chances that I had were not widely available to everyone, particularly people in poverty. Why should I have the power to choose a school simply by the virtue of my birth, race and family income while others who were smarter and more capable than I had none.

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