The New America Foundation announced that Kevin Carey will start this week as the director of the think tank’s Education Policy Program. Carey was previously policy director of Education Sector, an education policy organization in Washington.

“Kevin’s record of rigor, independence, depth, and outstanding journalism and communication skills have made him one of the most important and reliable voices in Washington’s complex education policy debates,” said New America Foundation President Steve Coll in a statement.

At New America, Carey will round out a comprehensive education policy program that builds on the work of the think tank’s Early Education Initiative led by Lisa Guernsey and the Federal Education Budget Project led by Jason Delisle.