November 19 Speaker Luncheon

Novato Republican Women, Fed.


Restoring Parental Rights in Education:
Options for California

Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D.
Independent Institute Research Fellow



Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. She holds Senior Fellowships at the Independent Women's Vicki AlgerForum in Washington, D.C., and the Fraser Institute, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Alger is also President and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She served on President-Elect Trump’s U.S. Department of Education Transition Agency Review Team, and she has advised the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Members of Congress, and state lawmakers in more than 40 states on educational choice programs and higher education reform. Her research also helped advance record-breaking numbers of educational choice legislation in Arizona and California, and her work has been used in the successful legal defenses of several choice programs, including the Institute for Justice’s successful defense of Arizona’s tax-credit scholarship program in the U.S. Supreme Court (Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn).

She has authored more than 60 policy studies and book chapters, and her writings have been widely published and cited in leading public-policy outlets such as Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, Education Week, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to national news media outlets, including The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayInvestor’s Business DailyForbesFortuneHuman EventsLa Opinión, the Los Angeles Times, and US News & World Report. She has also appeared on the Fox News Channel, Global News, local ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS affiliates, as well as news radio programs across the country.

Prior to her career in education policy, Alger taught college-level courses in American politics, English composition and rhetoric, and early British literature. She has lectured at numerous American universities, including the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, University of California, Berkeley, and Arizona State University.

Alger received her Ph.D. in political philosophy from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas and lives in Scottsdale with her husband David and three stepsons.