Experienced analyst and evaluator, working to improve outcomes in education by advocating for well-researched policies, transparent operations, effective spending, and data-driven decision making.
Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, November 2014 – Present
- Conduct research and policy analysis in order to improve education through transformative, evidence-based solutions that create possibilities for all children and their families.
- Visit and conduct interviews with leaders in cities with district-charter compacts to discuss progress in implementing agreements and to identify ways to improve collaboration across the traditional district and charter school sectors.
- Lead or contribute to research projects on charter diversity, portfolio districts, school finance, governance, and other topics in education policy.
Fiscal Policy Manager, StudentsFirst
Sacramento, CA, March 2012 – October 2014
- Managed research projects to update the policy agenda for one of the nation’s most prominent education reform organizations; brought an economic focus on policies that enable schools and districts to use resources wisely to maximize student achievement.
- Analyzed proposed legislation to determine fiscal and policy impacts on K-12 Education in 18 states that StudentsFirst had active advocacy efforts; developed recommendations to amend and improve bills in order to meet policy objectives related to funding equity, pension reform, and fiscal transparency.
- Researched state laws and policies regarding charter school funding and facilities access, voucher programs, state teacher pension systems, and fiscal accountability and transparency for all 50 states for major policy report and media campaign.
- Analyzed academic research papers and discussed findings with authors to determine policy implications; attended conferences and staffed StudentsFirst-hosted conference calls with education finance experts and practitioners.
- Wrote blog posts, op-eds, and other articles to generate national awareness of policy issues related to education finance and education reform; conducted trainings on school finance concepts and policy implications for StudentsFirst’s outreach/membership and legislative teams.
Senior Auditor Evaluator, California State Auditor’s Office
Sacramento, CA, Sept. 2007 – March 2012
- Lead, mentored and supervised entry-level and journey-level staff auditors. Demonstrated strong project management skills, including ability to identify problems and create research plans to meet project goals, conduct interviews, and analyze data.
- Developed findings & recommendations for written reports to Legislature, including report on high school graduation and dropout rates in California and dropout prevention programs.
- Provided back-up support, as needed, to Chief of Legislative Affairs: Researched budget proposals, bills and committee hearings with potential to impact the Office’s operations. Responded to requests for information from members of the Legislature.
- Co-chaired working group of office team leaders that recommended policy changes to executive management.
- Developed implementation plan for upgrading audit technology.
Student Assistant, National Democratic Institute
Lima, Peru, June-July 2006
- Contributed research and data analysis to a NDI report on the Peruvian National Elections held in April and June 2006. Supported staff at conference for the new elected Peruvian Congress and gained first hand observance of the challenges and obstacles to improving Peruvian democracy. Demonstrated flexibility and resourcefulness by working in a Spanish-speaking-only environment
Teaching & Research Assistant, Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA, 2005-2007
- Lead study sessions to review homework and prepare for exams in economics and political science courses. Adapted teaching techniques to suit individual learning styles. Explained complicated economics concepts to students with no prior economics experience.
- Provided research assistance and proofreading to economics faculty.
Intern Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Washington, DC, January-March 2002
- Wrote articles on topics such as immigration policy, transportation, etc. Explained complex concepts to general readership. Assisted other bureau correspondents in fact gathering, including budget proposals. Worked against tight deadlines in collaboration with editors in DC and LA.
Master of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA, April 2007
- Concentration in International Relations & Economics; 3.825 Grade point average (4.000 scale).
- Recipient of School of Public Policy Scholarship and Andrea Jones International Internship Fellowship.
- Classes in statistical analysis, strategy, and ethical dimensions of public policy, public finance, Latin American regional studies, national security strategy, Islam and politics, constitutional law, and global economics.
Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California, Davis
Davis, CA, June 2003
- Significant coursework in Political Science.
- Academic/Internship Program, UC Davis Washington Center, January-March 2002
- Study Abroad Program, Pembroke College, Cambridge University, England, July 2001
- UC Davis Integrated Studies, freshman residential honors program, 1999-2000.
- Recipient of Fulmor Alumni Scholarship, 1999-2000.
Team leading, writing, editing, data analysis, survey design, TeamMate – audit management software, ACL – audit analytics software, STATA – statistical analysis. Limited working proficiency in Spanish.
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