Yardstick Learning Welcomes Cordell Carter to Lead their Global Expansion

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Yardstick Learning has hired Cordell Carter as a Partner at the firm to lead Yardstick’s Global Expansion across all business lines.

Carter is a value-driven executive with a proven track record in combining strategic leadership, implementation of innovative management practices, with deep knowledge of, and relationships in, the social sector.

Carter joins Yardstick after serving as Chief of Staff & Director of Operations, Office of the President of United States Programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and prior to that as the Vice President of Education, Workforce & Innovation Policy of the renowned national association of Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers, Business Roundtable. Other positions include operations leadership roles with Seattle Public Schools, climate change attorney with Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau Bankengruppe (Frankfurt, Germany) and management consultant with the IBM Corporation.

"I am excited to join Yardstick Learning and help bring their array of services to more organizations, big and small, who share in our desire to achieve great results for all stakeholders, whether they are students, community leaders or shareholders…”

Carter has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from the University of Washington. He resides in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, Carter enjoys teaching graduate students at his alma mater and the wonders of nature in Seattle’s many parks, mountains and waterways.


Yardstick Learning is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) management consulting firm operating in fourteen states and six countries providing specialized services to mission-driven organizations. Yardstick’s expertise includes Education, Corporate Social Responsibility, Arts and Faith-Based initiatives.


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