Staff

The staff of ReadyNation International collectively brings more than 30 years' experience in early childhood and international work.

ReadyNation International’s main staff are Dr. Sara Watson, Global Director; Daniel Frank, Deputy Director; and Linnea Bennett, Program Associate. Additional support is provided by staff with expertise in business mobilization, policy advocacy, research, communications, media relations, digital media content, and publication design.


Sara Watson

Dr. Sara Watson

Global Director

Dr. Sara Watson is the Global Director of ReadyNation, whose 1,600 members include current and former Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, and chamber of commerce executives. In her role, Sara unites these business leaders to advocate for investments in children and youth that improve the economy and workforce. While based in the U.S., ReadyNation also works with international business leaders to help them create similar advocacies for children in their respective countries. Sara is is a member of the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.

Prior to joining the organization, she was Executive Vice President for National Partnerships at America’s Promise Alliance. During her tenure there, she directed The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 10-year national campaign to advance quality preschool for all children. She also designed and launched multiple Pew campaigns that promoted home visiting for at-risk families and state assisted use of cost-benefit data to inform policy. Sara has worked for The Finance Project in Washington, D.C. and as a policy analyst for the Family Policy Council in Olympia, Washington. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College, and Master’s of Public Policy and Ph.D. degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Daniel Frank

Daniel Frank

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director of ReadyNation, Daniel Frank educates and informs leading Fortune 500 executives and key policymakers on childhood/youth development, education and related issues. In addition to this domestic policy work, Mr. Frank manages the organization’s growing international portfolio under ReadyNation International and assists other countries to build networks of business advocates for children. Mr. Frank is a frequent speaker and panel presenter across the U.S. and abroad on how the business voice can strategically promote effective public investments in children and youth on future workforce development. He is a corporate attorney by trade with significant international business experience, previously served as the Vice-President of the Chile-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Miami, Florida, and is bilingual in Spanish. Mr. Frank has a B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College in International Relations and Spanish and earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa where he was a published staff member of the Iowa Law Review.