Lucy Hood brings more than 20 years of reporting experience to The Education Trust. As senior editor and writer, she is responsible for the quality of content that appears on the website and in briefs, reports, and outside publications.
Lucy has worked as a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Guatemala, a senior education reporter for The San Antonio Express-News, and a consultant for several education nonprofits, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Along the way, she’s written award-winning pieces on high school dropouts, immigrant education, and private school vouchers.
A Virginia native with globetrotting tendencies, Lucy has a degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
A Career Highlight
Interviewing William Wayne Justice, the U.S. district judge who reached the initial decision in Plyler v. Doe, the landmark court case that allowed undocumented immigrant children to attend public school.
Why are you passionate about education and working at The Education Trust?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in an environment where getting a high school diploma and a college degree was a given, but that’s not the case for far too many young people both in the United States and abroad. In my travels, I’ve seen the suffering that stems from poverty and racial discrimination and strongly believe that closing the achievement gap is one of the most powerful ways of leveling the playing field for all.