- Senior Associate, Public Policy Engagement
Elena Silva is a senior associate at the Carnegie Foundation, where she contributes to the foundation’s research and writing projects and represents the foundation and its work in the Washington, DC education policy community and nationally. She comes to Carnegie from Education Sector, where she was a senior policy analyst researching and writing on a wide range of educational issues, including public school staffing, scheduling, assessment, and the role of teachers' unions in reform.
Earlier in her career she was the director of research for the American Association of University Women, where she led national research initiatives and wrote related research reports on gender equity in science and technology, higher education, and the workplace, and managed the Foundation's research grants portfolio. Silva developed and directed one of the first AmeriCorps service programs in the United States for the ASPIRA Association.
Silva holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California-Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate courses in urban education, high school reform, and qualitative research. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
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