125 APPENDIX F BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARIES Project Lead and Author, College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education Susan Pimentel President, Susan Pimentel, Inc., Hanover, NH Susan Pimentel is president of Susan Pimentel, Inc. and a founding partner of Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit devoted to accelerating student achievement of all students by supporting effective and innovative implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Before her work as the lead writer of the Common Core for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (ELA/literacy), Ms. Pimentel was a chief architect of the American Diploma Project Benchmarks designed to close the gap between high school demands and postsecondary expectations. She has more than 30 years of experience in working on standards-based education reform. Ms. Pimentel recently guided a 14-state working group in creating curriculum, improving instruction, and enhancing learner outcomes for the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse project. As lead content developer, coach, and trainer for ED’s Standards-In-Action initiative, she developed a series of standards-based education innovations for adult education that have been implemented by 15 state teams. Since 2007, Ms. Pimentel has served on the National Assessment Governing Board, an independent, bipartisan board that sets policy for the national assessment of education progress, and she currently serves as the Board’s vice-chairman. She holds a J.D. and a B.S. in early childhood education, both from Cornell University.