Higher Education Policy Analyst
Lawrence is a policy analyst for higher education, focusing on accountability and student success. He collaborates with key stakeholders — including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers, and advocates — to identify policy opportunities and assist in developing recommended federal, state, and institutional policy responses to close opportunity and achievement gaps in higher education for students of color and low-income students.
Prior to joining The Education Trust, Lawrence worked in various capacities in equity and inclusion supporting senior-level higher education executives, and was an American Psychological Association MFP Fellow focused on providing counseling services for transition age adults and underrepresented minorities.
A native of St. Louis, Lawrence is a first-generation graduate, who holds a master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Benedictine College.
Favorite Sports Team: any St. Louis team, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Los Angeles Lakers
Proudest Moment: The look in my mother’s eyes after I walked across the stage to receive my college degree. For how hard it was to get to that stage, that look in her eyes made it all worth it.
What drew you to education?
When I look at my life, and everything I have accomplished, it is because of the educational opportunities I had and the mentors I had who encouraged me to strive for excellence. I was lucky but many people who look like me and come from where I come from do not have the same opportunities. It is not because of any fault of their own, but due to the inequitable education system we have in this country — starting in P-12 and extending to higher ed. We know the benefits a high-quality education provides, especially for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color, but our current system creates barriers for these students to access those benefits equitably. This is what drew me to education — a moral obligation to work to ensure that ALL students have access to a high-quality education that is accountable and focused exclusively on the success of students, before, during, and after college.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Because Ed Trust is passionate about advocating for students like me: Black, first-generation, and low-income.