Travel Hound! have worked in improving lives through education -- in the USA and across the globe -- most of my career. I love sailing, hiking and biking, walking my two "Aussie" dogs, global adventure travel, and engaging in the activities of my three teen daughters.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, I have lived most of my life in the good ole USA but I have also lived in England, Norway, and France. I currently reside in the Washington, DC metro area. I love historic cities and outdoor adventure!
Below is my professional bio, not that it is important!
Norris E. Dickard directs the Healthy Students Group at the U.S. Department of Education. He leads a team with a portfolio of grant programs and technical assistance centers related to U.S. government strategic investments that support student success (substance abuse and violence prevention, physical education, school mental health programs, and school-based health care). He serves on numerous federal interagency working groups, including the demand reduction group of the White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Prevention Council, and the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Norris has over two decades of experience in public policy and public administration.
After receiving his master’s degree at Harvard University, and working as an administrator at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Norris served from (phone number hidden) in the Clinton Administration as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. He worked on numerous White House taskforces where he played a key role in the development of national policy to enhance American competitiveness, including key components of the federal School-to-Career and Digital Opportunity initiatives.
After his first federal service, Norris was director of public policy at the Benton Foundation and principal at the Lewin Group (a health care and human services management consulting division of the USA Fortune 1000 company Quintiles Transnational). Before returning to federal service during the Bush Administration, he was a fellow at the Brookings Institution, contributing to the development of the "Blueprint for American Prosperity" policy series, as well as conducting research on urban economic and social development.