Milbrey McLaughlin is the David Jacks Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy at Stanford University. She is codirector of the Center for Research on the Context of Teaching, an education research center that analyzes areas such as the connection between teacher learning communities and educational reforms. She is the founding director of the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, a partnership between Stanford University and Bay Area communities to build new practices, knowledge, and capacity for youth development and learning. Throughout her career, McLaughlin has focused on the institutional contexts and policies, especially in schools and community-based institutions, that shape youth outcomes. She is the author or co‑author of many books, articles, and chapters on education policy, teaching and learning, productive environments for youth, and community‑based organizations. McLaughlin received her EdD in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.