As lead AnLarian, Tate’s primary focus is to lead AnLar such that it always exists to serve and support everyone that works here, rather than the other way around. And from this simple, yet somewhat counter-cultural principle, he has worked with his colleagues at AnLar to facilitate an environment in which people are able to take risks, face new challenges, and achieve great things. He also provides support to supporting local, state, and national organizations on their education policy reforms, leveraging his previous work history in the education field from a high school math teacher, education researcher, and education policy wonk. Tate also is co-owner of Triskelle Sofware Solutions , which is the IT partner to AnLar (“sibling companies”) and provides support around organizational strategy, culture, and helping to chart the evolution of Triskelle and AnLar.
Before founding AnLar, Tate served at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as the Deputy Director for Technical Assistance for the Race to the Top grant programs, and before that, sated his appetite for education reform and data while working as the Senior Program Officer for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program. Working directly with state education agencies allowed him to blend his love for politics and strategy with his passion for improving the education system. Before his time at ED, Tate served as Director of Operations and Programs for a national civic engagement start-up, and at a non-profit organization helping U.S. governors and states improve their education policies. He began his career in education at the head of a classroom. A National Board Certified Teacher in secondary mathematics, Tate earned state and national awards and recognitions during his years as a high school math teacher. Despite his many roles throughout his career, Tate will always reflect fondly on the school and community at East Wake that taught him more about himself than he taught them about math. Tate earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina — both in education policy.
When he’s not frenetically multi-tasking (while his wife’s profession takes an opposite approach around the research of mindfulness and meditation) or trying to figure out a way to use a spreadsheet to organize his life, Tate may be found playing with his two energetic, but wildly different kids — who, he contends, have helped him settle the nature versus nurture debate (answer: nature). Tate wishes there were 30 hours in a day so he could pursue his hobby of construction, reliving one of his favorite summer jobs with his older brother.