Why I work with HCM

I am inspired by HCM’s focus on student outcomes, specifically how the firm works to address equity across both K-12 and postsecondary education. I am dedicated to being a partner to education policymakers and practitioners across both the K-12 and postsecondary space, and I firmly believe in HCM’s commitment to serving low-income students and students in Black, Hispanic, Latinx, and Indigenous communities.

Duncan Robb

Director and Associate Principal, Innovation and Policy

As the director and associate principal of the K-12 team, Duncan Robb leads HCM’s K-12 education policy practice, including the team’s work on broadband connectivity, per-pupil expenditure, accountability, school improvement and capacity building at the state and local levels. Duncan partners with state education agencies and other education policy, advocacy and capacity building organizations to scale critical messages and promising strategies for improving education. As a long-time partner to education chiefs and senior leaders in state education agencies across the United States, Duncan understands the value of strategic focus and fidelity of implementation in order to create lasting change.

Before joining the firm, Duncan worked with the HCM K-12 team on various projects as a consultant, including the development of the firm’s Promise to Practice Check State Plans. He was inspired by HCM’s focus on student outcomes and the passion of the K-12 team staff, and was excited to join the team full-time. Duncan is committed to being a partner to education policymakers and practitioners and believes in HCM’s unwavering commitment to serving students.

Duncan has an extensive background in education, most recently serving as an education policy and implementation consultant for his own practice in Boise, Idaho. As a consultant, Duncan worked with national education organizations to build state education agency capacity, learn from successes across states and ensure that state leaders are equipped to implement their policy priorities in order to achieve their goals for students. Before starting his independent practice, Duncan served as chief policy advisor to Idaho State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and as an engagement manager at the Washington, D.C.-based Education Delivery Institute, where he partnered with both K-12 and postsecondary institutions. He began his career in education teaching 6th-grade math in Houston, Texas as a Teach for America corps member.

Duncan currently lives in Boise, where he enjoys the beautiful land and scenery. Outside of work Duncan frequently spends time outdoors with his wife and friends snowboarding, mountain biking and rafting.



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