Charlie Toulmin

Charlie Toulmin served in national- and state-level education policy roles before joining the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2008.


Previously, he was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Division of the Center for Best Practices at the National Governor’s Association (NGA). While at the NGA, he led the Center’s efforts to offer policy recommendations and technical assistance to governors and their staff on how to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for all students as a key component of innovative state economies.


Prior to the NGA, Charlie held roles including Deputy Director of Charter Schools for the Massachusetts Department of Education and School Finance Analyst for the Wisconsin State Legislature.


Currently, Charlie is serving as an education fellow for MASS Inc.’s Gateway Cities Institute, an independent think-tank dedicated to revitalizing former Massachusetts manufacturing centers. The Foundation is supporting the K-12 education component of the Gateway Cities Institute. Charlie holds a B.A. in history from Harvard University, a M.A. in public policy from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).