American Institutes for Research Promotes Six Senior Executives

Washington, D.C. – The American Institutes for Research (AIR) today announced the promotions of six senior executives – Jon Cohen, Mark Kutner, Marilyn Moon, Laura Salganik, Steve Kromer, and Sabrina Laine – effective January 1, 2011.

Jon Cohen becomes an Executive Vice President of AIR. The Director of AIR’s Assessment Program and Chief Statistician at AIR, Cohen has led AIR’s education assessment work from its infancy, and built the team of people who have developed our assessment program into one of the nation’s leading K-12 testing organizations. Under Cohen’s leadership AIR continues to innovate in areas of test development, psychometrics, online testing, test processing and scoring, and making effective use of test data.

Mark Kutner becomes an AIR Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of the Education, Human Development, and Workforce Division. Kutner directed the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, the nation’s most recent measurement of the literacy of America’s adults, focusing on workplace, family, and community settings.  His research projects have focused on a broad range of policy issues related to adult education and literacy, including the assessment of second language learners and professional development, learner assessment, and issues associated with the preparation of adults for the workforce through adult education and workplace literacy programs, staff development for adult education instructors, and welfare reform efforts.

Marilyn Moon becomes a Senior Vice President at AIR.  The Director of AIR’s Health Program, Moon has led AIR’s growth in health policy, research, and communications.  A nationally renowned Medicare expert, she has served as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Under Moon’s leadership, AIR’s health efforts have grown significantly, with AIR positioned as a national leader in policy issues such as consumer engagement, HIV/AIDS, and Medicare. 

Laura Salganik has been promoted to Senior Vice President. As Director of the Federal Statistics Program, Salganik leads AIR’s work with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  In addition to working with NCES on National Assessment of Educational Progress efforts, Salganik and her team focus on statistical and assessment issues on topics such as high school graduation rates, school crime, and student statistics.  She also oversees the production of NCES’ flagship report, The Condition of Education.  

Steve Kromer has been promoted to Vice President and Executive Director of Assessments.  Kromer has played an instrumental role in helping lead the development of AIR’s educational assessment work, including the rapid growth of AIR's online testing practice. Under Kromer's leadership AIR has put in place state-of-the art practices to ensure smooth, secure, and robust operation of AIR's testing systems, and instituted practices that will help carry these innovative systems into the future. Before joining AIR he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Pearson Educational Measurement.

Sabrina Laine becomes a Vice President.  Prior to AIR’s merger with Learning Point Associates in August 2010, Laine served as Chief Program Officer at Learning Point.  She serves as director of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and is a principal investigator for the Center for Educator Compensation Reform.  Laine has a diverse background in education policy research and has spearheaded efforts to contribute to policy research and resource development related to every aspect of managing and supporting educator talent, including recruitment, compensation, evaluation, distribution, and professional development.

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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