P-12 Data and Policy Analyst
Sam 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.
Sam is a data and policy analyst on the P-12 Policy and Practice team. She collects, analyzes, and interprets education data related to student achievement, attainment, and opportunities to learn.
Prior to joining The Education Trust, Sam interned at the U.S. Department of Education in the Policy and Program Studies Service, focusing on higher education policy related to the college ratings system. In addition, Sam has worked as an intern at the District of Columbia Public Schools in the Academic Planning and Support office, researching student community service engagement.
A native of Rochester, New York, Sam holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Boston University.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Brunch. It qualifies as a hobby if you do it right.
What drew you to education?
I attended struggling urban schools throughout my P-12 education, and I didn’t realize until I went to college how unique my experiences were compared with those of my classmates. The students I went to high school with were just as bright as my collegiate peers, but they didn’t have the same opportunities and supports that are crucial to success. It frustrated me to see the systemic failure that keeps certain students from succeeding, and I decided to dedicate myself to reducing educational inequities.