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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, Robert was an integral part of the Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice from its founding in 1996. He 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, EdChoice has become one of the nation’s most respected and successful advocates for educational choice, working in dozens of states to advance parental freedom in education by disseminating research, undertaking training, sponsoring seminars, conducting advertising campaigns and investing in and organizing community leaders.

Robert has authored numerous articles, book chapters and op-eds that have appeared in journals, books and papers across the country. He is also the co-editor of Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty.

Prior to joining EdChoice, Robert lived and worked in England where he worked at St. Botolph’s Project, an organization providing 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.

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 serves on numerous boards, including School Choice Ohio, Hoosiers for Quality Education, Institute for Quality Education, and the Economic Club of Indiana. 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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