Dr. Elizabeth Morgan
Chief Education Advisor, America's Promise Alliance
Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Molina Morgan is currently chief education advisor for America's Promise Alliance. She previously served as executive director of the Grad Nation campaign at America's Promise. In this role, Dr. Morgan led the execution of the campaign which strives to mobilize all Americans to help end the dropout crisis and take action to reverse it. She works closely with education leaders at the national, state, and local levels to support school turnaround initiatives; as well as encourage them to collaborate with community and business leaders to help bring more essential health, life and academic supports to the nation’s most vulnerable children.
Dr. Morgan spent her career working in all facets (inner-city, rural and suburban) of public education before retiring in 2011. Prior to assuming her role at America’s Promise Alliance, she was the superintendent of the Washington County Public Schools (Md.) for nearly a decade, during which time the system achieved significant improvements, including moving from 78 percent to 92 percent graduation rate and dramatically lowering the dropout rate among its students. Prior to that, she was chief academic officer with the Baltimore City Public Schools during its first, major turnaround, and she held several positions including associate superintendent, principal of two schools as well as other roles in the Frederick and Montgomery County (MD) Schools.
During her tenure as superintendent, Dr. Morgan focused on developing innovative and challenging educational opportunities to serve the needs of a wide range of students who attend public schools. She is a passionate advocate for high academic standards and for transforming schools to reach world-class levels that will help prepare students for true success in college or a chosen career.
Throughout her career, Dr. Morgan has received numerous awards for excellence. In addition to having been named the American Association of School Administrators’ 2010 “National Superintendent of the Year,” Dr. Morgan was selected as Washington County’s 2007 “Person of the Year” by The Herald-Mail, and as one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” and one of its “Most Influential Citizens” by the Daily Record newspaper. She is the past recipient of the Maryland State Senate Award for “State Leadership in Gifted Education” as well as the Nancy Grasmick “Excellence in Minority Achievement” award. She recently received the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s “Educator of the Year” Award.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Morgan earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Curriculum Development respectively from Queens College, City University of New York; and earned a PhD from American University in Washington, DC.