Martin Orland
Martin Orland, Ph.D.
Sr. Fellow & Vice President

Dr. Martin Orland (Ph.D.) is a senior fellow at MSG and chairs the education market group. Over a 40-year professional career, Dr. Orland’s educational leadership roles both inside and outside of government have consistently focused on filling the nexus between evidence-based knowledge and improved policy and practice. Dr. Orland previously spent nine years as Senior Program Director for Evaluation and Policy Research at WestEd as well as founding director of its Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Orland was Director of the Center for Education (CFE) at the National Research Council, part of the National Academies, and a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (SES). Dr. Orland spent 19 years at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in various senior leadership roles: special assistant to the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), associate commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and acting director of the National Education Goals Panel (NEGP). His major accomplishments while at ED included creating the What Works Clearinghouse, the publication and dissemination of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), developing the secretary’s annual report on teacher preparation programs, and producing annual reports on progress toward achieving the national education goals.

Dr. Orland is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (formerly the American Education Finance Association) the author of several dozen publications for academic, policy, and practitioner audiences, and government agencies, and a frequent presenter at international, national, and regional conferences.


Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Ph.D., Social Sciences
Brooklyn College, City University of New Year
B.A., M.A., Political Science