Interim Associate Director of P‑16 Research
Abby Ridley-Kerr (she/her/hers) joins The Education Trust–West to support the Research and Policy Analysis team. She comes to Ed Trust–West with a background in community-oriented research and data analysis and deep knowledge of the California education landscape. Most recently Abby led a research effort with Innovate Public Schools that focused on improving outcomes for low-income students of color, English Learners, and students with disabilities across the state. Prior to that role she was in graduate school, where she worked with West Contra Costa Unified School District to engage parents and community members in LCAP and LCFF planning, drafted juvenile justice related legislation with the Policy Advocacy Clinic at the law school, and taught courses in undergraduate economics. Before graduate school, Abby spent two years serving as an Americorps volunteer with City Year in San Jose at Clyde L. Fischer Middle School. There, she tutored sixth graders in English/Language Arts and ran an after school program.
Abby earned her Master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and her B.A in Political Science with honors from Boston University.