Betsy Brand is the executive director of the American Youth Policy Forum and serves as the Senior Advisor for Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Policy for the College and Career Readiness and Success Center. She started her career in education policy on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, and subsequently served on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, where she handled all education and workforce legislation. From 1989–1993, Brand served as assistant secretary for Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. From 1993–1998, she operated her own consulting firm, Workforce Futures, Inc., focusing on policy and best practices affecting education, workforce preparation, and youth development. Brand is nationally known as an education policy expert in areas such as career and technical education, dropout prevention and recovery, high school reform, and expanded learning opportunities.