Tyler WhittenbergDeputy Director, Opportunity to Learn
Tyler Whittenberg is Deputy Director of Advancement Project’s Opportunity to Learn program. Prior to joining Advancement Project, he was a Site Manager with the W. Haywood Burns Institute where helped jurisdictions and communities throughout the U.S. reduce racial and ethnic disparities within their youth-serving systems.
Tyler began his career as an 8th grade social studies teacher in South Carolina. Disheartened by the systemic inequities of public education, he received a master’s degree in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Here he studied issues related to the School-to-Prison Pipeline, integration and educational funding.
Tyler subsequently advocated for students’ rights as an Education Policy Fellow with the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education Law Project. In North Carolina, he worked to empower youth and community members with the tools necessary to resist re-segregation and end the biased application of school discipline policies.
Tyler graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2014 after receiving the 2012 Haywood Burns Fellowship from the National Lawyers Guild and completing an Ella Baker Fellowship with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Throughout law school, he also worked with Stand Up for Each Other (SUFEO)—a student-led organization representing youth who have been suspended and expelled from public schools in New Orleans. For these efforts, Tyler was awarded the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2014 Student Pro Bono Award. After law school, Tyler advocated for the rights of youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems as a Staff Attorney with the Youth Law Center in San Francisco.