Denis Udall

Program Officer, Education Program

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Denis Udall is a program officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program where he helps manage grants to improve large-scale assessment and teaching quality practices and policies as a part of the Program’s deeper learning strategy.

Before joining the Foundation, Udall served for nine years as a program officer at the Walter S. Johnson Foundation in California. While at Johnson, he led grantmaking and project development for state-wide initiatives to improve state and county policies and practices aimed at postsecondary education and training for youth and young adults including former youth leaving foster care. Prior to his work at Johnson, Udall  worked for fifteen years in urban schools and youth-serving programs including ten years for Outward Bound USA where he helped launch Expeditionary Learning, a national school improvement network, and the New York City Outward Bound Center, Outward Bound’s first urban center. Udall is also the founder of a charter school in Oakland, CA.  Earlier in his career he worked with Oxfam USA's Latin America program and was a researcher at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Udall has published on topics related to youth development, learning, and teacher professional development.  He holds a bachelor's degree in community development from the University of Colorado and a master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.