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Juliana Hoover Potash

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Juliana Hoover Potash

P-12 Policy Fellow

Juliana Hoover Potash is the P-12 policy fellow for The Education Trust in Tennessee. In this role, Juliana analyzes education data and research related to student opportunities in preschool through 12th grade and supports Ed Trust’s policy agenda in Tennessee.

Before joining Ed Trust, Juliana worked as a graduate fellow at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), where she analyzed Tennessee education data and supported SCORE’s policy development process. She also collaborated with a group of Vanderbilt graduate students to research the systemic factors at work in Nashville’s inequitable education system, which they presented at the global Map the System competition hosted by the University of Oxford. Juliana also partnered with the Public Education Foundation in Chattanooga to evaluate and improve an online college selection tool for Hamilton County students of color and students from low-income backgrounds who have historically been underserved in their college search and completion journey.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Juliana worked as a social science researcher in the U.S. and internationally. Originally from North Carolina, she holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and Asian & Middle Eastern studies from Duke University. She is currently pursuing a master’s in education policy at Vanderbilt University.

Superpower/Secret Talent:

Packing (Tetris style). Whether I’m moving or just taking a trip, I always find a way to pack items as compactly as possible and use every inch of space in a container.

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to cook, share meals with friends, and stay up late thinking about new recipes to try.

What drew you to education?

Everyone’s education journey is unique. Both of my parents were first-generation college students, but they had completely different paths to those degrees. With one parent from a blue-collar Pennsylvania family and the other an immigrant from a family of Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneurs, I firmly believe that education should meet the needs of all learners, not just the ones in the normative mainstream. I particularly care about eradicating policy obstacles to education for English learners and students affected by displacement. Through The Education Trust, I hope to elevate student voice and uplift strategies that align education with students’ real needs and goals.