Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. She has worked in public policy for more than 20 years as an education policy director, senior fellow, and advisor at the Independent Women’s Forum, the Heartland Institute, and the Goldwater Institute, as well as other organizations.
Alger served on President-Elect Trump’s U.S. Department of Education Transition Agency Review Team, and she has advised the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Members of Congress, and state lawmakers in more than 40 states on educational choice programs and higher education reform. Her research also helped advance record-breaking numbers of educational choice legislation in Arizona and California, and her work has been used in several legal defenses of choice programs, including the Institute for Justice’s successful defense of Arizona’s tax-credit scholarship program in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alger has authored more than 70 policy studies and book chapters. Her research and writings have been widely published in such leading public-policy outlets such as Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, Education Week, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to national news media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, Fortune, Human Events, La Opinión, the Los Angeles Times, and US News & World Report. She has also appeared on the Fox News Channel, Global News, local ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS affiliates, as well as news radio programs across the country.