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Terra Wallin
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Terra Wallin

Associate Director, P-12 Federal Policy

Terra Wallin leads Ed Trust’s P-12 federal policy work, supporting a variety of content areas related to improving student outcomes and eliminating education disparities. . She also leads Ed Trust’s assessment and accountability work, including helping to set the direction and vision, providing technical assistance, and developing recommendations for federal and state policies.

Prior to joining Ed Trust, Terra served in a variety of roles at the school, district, and federal levels. She began her career as a high school special education and English teacher in Jefferson Parish Public Schools outside New Orleans. She served most recently as chief of staff for academics at Denver Public Schools. Prior to her work at the district level, Terra was as a consultant with Education First, where she worked with state educational agencies, school districts, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Terra brings a deep expertise in accountability, including over five years of service at the U.S. Department of Education, where she co-led a team that developed the accountability and school improvement regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.

An Alabama-born native of Iowa, Terra holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and political science from the University of Iowa.

Superpower/Secret Talent

I know an unreasonable amount of celebrity-focused pop culture trivia.

Favorite Sports Team

Chicago Cubs

 Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?

Ed Trust’s mission to close opportunity gaps that disproportionally affect students of color and students from low-income families speaks to the reason I was drawn to education in the first place. Through a balanced approach that prioritizes research, advocacy, and practice, we work to advance changes that prioritize educational equity for the children who have been most underserved by our system.

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