Sheppard Ranbom is founder and president of CommunicationWorks, L.L.C. and regular strategic partner with Ward Circle Strategies. Ranbom focuses on increasing the visibility and power of ideas and institutions through leveraging research, the media, issue-driven campaigns, grassroots advocacy initiatives, and marketing techniques. He has helped launch new nonprofit organizations and revitalize the image of well-established institutions. His clients have included many of the nation’s leading foundations, corporations, education nonprofits, and research institutions, such as Achieve, Inc.; Center for Education Policy; Educational Testing Service; IBM; Intel; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; National Geographic Society Education Foundation; National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education; President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities; Teachers College, Columbia University; and the U.S. Department of Education.
A former staff writer for Education Week who also edited a weekly education news syndicate for daily newspapers and publications for higher education officials, he has written or edited numerous reports in education issues. An award winning writer and strategist, Ranbom also has written or edited dozens of authoritative reports on education and civil rights issues. He is the author of King Philip’s War (Settlement House, 2008) and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University.