J.B. Buxton runs the Education Innovations Group, a consulting practice focused on PreK-12 and postsecondary public education. Buxton works with states, foundations, nonprofit organizations and companies focused on improving public education. He also serves as an instructor in the Public Policy Department at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Buxton has served in a variety of roles in government and the nonprofit sector, including deputy state superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, senior education advisor to Gov. Mike Easley (N.C.); a White House Fellow working with the Domestic Policy Council under President Clinton; director of policy and research for the Public School Forum of N.C, and coordinator of special programs for the NC Teaching Fellows Program. He began his career as a high school English teacher and coach in Massachusetts.
Buxton is active in local and state issues, including service from 2011-15 on the Raleigh Planning Commission, as board chair of the PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School, and on the board of North Carolina FC Youth, one of the nation’s largest youth soccer clubs.
Buxton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. He received his Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Buxton lives in Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Hunter, have three children: Drake and Luke, a senior and freshmen at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Sadie, a junior at Enloe High School in the Wake County Public School System.