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Kristina Ishmael, the dynamic leader of Ishmael Consulting, is a distinguished educator, speaker, and change-maker, bringing nearly two decades of expertise in shaping and implementing transformative education policies. Her work has consistently emphasized digital equity and the importance of accessible learning for all.


Ishmael's extensive experience spans federal, state, and school levels, culminating in her recent role as Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology in the Biden-Harris Administration. Here, she was instrumental in developing national policy on digital equity and AI in education, working closely with the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her tenure saw the publication of significant reports, including the groundbreaking “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching & Learning.”


Prior to this, as a Senior Research Fellow at New America’s Teaching, Learning, & Tech team, and as an educational consultant, Ishmael provided key insights into inclusive technology, with a focus on open education, digital equity, and culturally responsive education. Her earlier role as Digital Learning Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education involved leading policy development and professional learning, advocating for school librarians, and giving her a deep understanding of technology's diverse impacts across urban, suburban, and rural settings.


Kristina Ishmael stands out as a respected educator, speaker, and advocate, committed to promoting equitable access to quality education. Her global influence extends across the education and edtech landscapes and her extensive network is a testament to her ongoing commitment to learning and knowledge sharing. Engaging with Ishmael Consulting offers access to a rich reservoir of knowledge, experience, and innovative educational strategies. We invite you to collaborate with us for speaking engagements, ongoing consulting, or partnerships to actively shape the future of education.

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