As lead AnLarian, Tate divides his time between supporting local, state, and national organizations on their education policy reforms, and building a forward-thinking organization — one that fosters the growth and fulfillment of dedicated, hard-working, honest, talented people (people “smarter than himself,” as he’d put it). He founded AnLar on the idea that the company should have to prove itself to its employees — not the other way around. And from this simple, yet somewhat counter-cultural principle, he has worked with his colleagues to facilitate an environment in which people are able to take risks, face new challenges, and achieve great things.
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 assumes role of practitioner and researcher 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 — though his wife is perfectly happy with the limited time he has for finding an excuse to demolish walls and use power tools around the house.