Special Assistant for State Funding and Policy
Zahava focuses on state-level school funding policy and supports on other funding issues on the P-12 team. She is most involved with Ed Trust’s state engagement work, the Alliance for Resource Equity, and P-12 knowledge-building efforts in funding equity.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Zahava served as Director of Policy and then Managing Director of EdBuild, a data-driven, national organization focused on school funding equity. Previously, Zahava worked for a school support organization in Delaware on projects related to teacher and leader effectiveness in high-need schools and districts; and assisted the School District of Philadelphia in its action planning process.
Zahava is a Jersey girl who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University and master’s degrees in public administration and education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
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What are people most surprised to learn about you?
My mom has 12 siblings and I have over 70 first cousins!
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Education is so central to issues of equality and inequality in America—economic, racial, and political. The work that Ed Trust does to support more equitable experiences and opportunities for students is at the heart of building a better society, and I’m honored to be a part of that.