David Plank is the Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Before joining PACE, he was Professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. He was previously on the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Texas at Dallas. Plank is the author or editor of six books, including the AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. He has served as a consultant to international organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983.