Syritha is a field associate at The Education Trust. In this position, she manages a portfolio of state and local partnerships to close gaps in opportunity and achievement for students of color and students from low-income families. Syritha’s work is especially focused on state-based engagement around implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in 2015, and on working to improve access and success in college for historically underserved students.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Syritha worked at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where she supported states with policy development and strategic planning pertaining to early education and teacher and principal policy issues. Before NGA Center, Syritha worked at the National Association of Elementary School Principals, advocating for the passage of federal policies that aim to improve student outcomes by strengthening the quality of school principals. Syritha began her career as a middle school teacher.
A native of Connecticut, Syritha holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Connecticut.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Traveling – I love learning about culture.
What drew you to education?
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.—Nelson Mandela
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Ed Trust focuses on closing opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color and students from low-income families. As a person of color, I feel obligated to be a voice for students like me.