Senior Policy Analyst for Higher Education
Victoria is a senior policy analyst for higher education, focusing on college affordability and student debt. Prior to joining The Education Trust, Victoria worked at Policy Matters Ohio as a state policy fellow. She was one of eight fellows selected nationally through a highly competitive process by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Victoria’s research and advocacy focused on higher education, K-12 education, and federal food aid. 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, where she advised high school students at two Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools.
A native of Cleveland, 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 drew you to education?
My own experiences with K-12 education and higher education, and the experiences of students I have worked with highlighted the deep racial and class inequality in the educational system. I believe if the education system adopts a racial and economic justice focus the experiences and outcome for students from low-income families and students of color can improve.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I believe in Ed Trust’s mission of improving educational outcomes for students from low-income families and students of color. Prior to joining Ed Trust, I attended convenings hosted by the organization. Students attended as experts on panels and spoke about their experience and what they need. The commitment to student voice showed me Ed Trust is truly committed to educational equity and justice. I am so excited to work with people who inspired me early in my career and whose work I continue to admire.