Senior Research Associate
Marni has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.
As a senior research associate, Marni analyzes data to understand the experiences students are having in school. She is interested in using research and data to generate useful knowledge to inform educational practice. Much of her work has focused on college and career readiness and the experiences of high-achieving students.
Marni comes to Ed Trust with a background in teaching and public policy. She started her career as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, where she taught second grade. She has also worked as a graduate assistant for the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program at American University and has selected candidates for the DC Teaching Fellows Program.
Marni holds a master’s degree from American University in public policy, where she concentrated in social policy, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
When I have headphones on, I’m often listening to Broadway musicals.
What drew you to education?
Working as a teacher. My students were the best, and taught me so much about hard work and resilience. I saw firsthand how important it is for students to have educators who listen to and care about them, but also who challenge them to think critically and grapple with complex problems.