Press Release

NEW YORK – The Education Trust–New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Abja Midha as its Deputy Director and Tiffany Lankes as its Communications Director. Abja and Tiffany bring tremendous statewide experience in equity-focused advocacy and education communications, respectively.

“As we approach the first anniversary of our launch, The Education Trust–New York continues to build a team committed to the high achievement of all students and focused on advancing a state-level policy agenda to achieve educational justice on their behalf,” said Ian Rosenblum, Executive Director of The Education Trust–New York. “Abja’s passion for advancing equity and depth of knowledge have made her a highly respected advocate. Tiffany’s belief in educational excellence is apparent in her journalism, and her exceptional writing and storytelling have made her one of New York’s most admired education reporters.”

Abja comes to The Education Trust–New York from Advocates for Children of New York, where she led the Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma and the Immigrant Students’ Rights Project. Prior to joining AFC, Abja served as Vice President of Strategy for Teach For America. Abja graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations and earned her J.D from Yale Law School.

Tiffany comes to The Education Trust–New York after serving as education reporter for The Buffalo News and, before that, The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Tiffany’s coverage has focused on the day-to-day efforts to improve urban schools and the local impact of state-level education policies, and her enterprise stories include deeply reported articles on African American boys and young men and immigrant students. Tiffany earned a B.A. in Newspaper and Policy Studies from Syracuse University. Tiffany will be based in Western New York.

“We are honored to welcome Abja and Tiffany to The Education Trust–New York,” said Rosenblum. “Their extraordinary skills will help us and our partners advance critical education equity issues and solutions.”

Abja and Tiffany will begin in their roles effective August 1.

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