Anna Hyunah Byon
Senior Policy Analyst for Higher Education
Anna (they/them) is a senior policy analyst on the higher education policy team. They focus on higher ed accountability to ensure the success of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.
Before joining the Education Trust, Anna lead the education portfolio for Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), the only national civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of Southeast Asian American communities. At SEARAC, they analyzed federal policy, built relationships with policymakers to advance community priorities, and supported SEARAC’s community-based partners and key civil rights coalitions. They have also served as a congressional staffer, first as a Fellow sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and then as a full-time legislative staffer.
Anna is nonbinary and a 1.5 generation Korean immigrant. They hold a MA in Urban Education Policy and BA in Education Studies from Brown University, where they examined aligning research and community organizing to support student-centered and youth-led policy change.
I have a mega sweet tooth.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy baking. (See above.)
It’s more a series of proud moments in which I heal, love, and care for myself a little more each day.
What drew you to education?
The most powerful people I’ve had the honor of being in community with were young people. I want to do what I can to ensure that our youth can thrive, especially youth of color, immigrant youth, queer youth, anyone who has ever been told “no” by unjust systems.