Assistant Director of Higher Education Policy
Victoria Jackson is the assistant director of higher education policy at Ed Trust, where she leads work on college affordability and student debt.
Prior to this role, Victoria worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as a senior policy analyst on the state fiscal policy team. Her work focused on equitable state funding for higher education and K-12 education. Previously, Victoria was a senior policy analyst on Ed Trust’s higher education policy team, where she focused on federal and state college affordability policy and student debt. She also worked as a Researcher at Policy Matters Ohio after transiting from a position as a State Policy Fellow. At Policy Matters, Victoria worked on budget and tax policy related to K-12 and higher education and state and federal SNAP policy. While in graduate school, Jackson worked as a graduate assistant for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and for the Ohio Department of Education. Before graduate school, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with College Now Greater Cleveland, doing college advising with high school students at two Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools.
Victoria holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in public administration and a bachelor’s degree Pan-African Studies from Kent State University.
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What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy relaxing with a good book.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I believe in education. However, because of structural inequality students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and other marginalized students face barriers within and outside of education that limit access and negatively affect outcomes. Racist and classist policies are largely responsible for these inequities. Ed Trust works to improve education policy, so students of color and students from low-income backgrounds have equitable access, experiences, and outcomes in education.